Miscreants set fire to a poultry farm at Amtail village of Paschim Juri union in Moulvibazar's Juri upazila on Monday night, burning over 2500 layers.
"How could they commit such a brutal act. They brunt my dream. I invested Tk 40 lakh, including Tk 20 lakh managed with bank loan, for the farm," Deenbandhu Sen, owner of the farm, said at a press conference in Juri upazila on Wednesday.
His five friends were cooperating with him to run the farm.
"After seeing the fire on Monday morning, we informed the police who called the fire service and put out the fire.
Deenbandhu filed a case on Tuesday, accusing local residents Radhakanta Das, Moin Uddin, Saidul, Badrul, Abdul Matin, Ahmed Ali and Hussain Ali of the arson.
"The culprits had been conspiring to close the farm for a long time. On the night of April 30, a group led by MA Moeed Faruq, chairman of Juri Upazila Parishad, vandalized and looted my farm. About 500 chickens died in the incident.
"I filed a case against the upazila chairman and 12 others but the police could not catch the accused even after a month," Deenbandhu said.
"Again on the night of May 24, Radhakanta Das, Moin Uddin and his associates tried to set fire to the farm. Finally they set fire to the farm Monday, destroying 2550 hens, six thousand eggs and 35 sacks of feed.
Accused Radhakanta told this correspondent, "We don't know anything about the fire incident at the farm. We are not at home in fear of the police."
Contacted, Zahangir Hossain Sardar, officer-in-charge of Juri Police Station, said, "We are conducting raids and trying to trace the location of the accused in Tuesday's case through mobile tracking to nab them."