Councillor attacks Bihari men over relief distribution

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:09, Jun 03,2020


A leader of migrated Bihari community and his associates were allegedly attacked by the local ward councillor and his men on Tuesday night in the capital’s Mirpur area centring relief distribution.

Sadaqat Khan Fakku, president of Urdu-speakers’ organisation Youth Rehabilitation Movement Bangladesh, his family members and associates were injured in the attack.

Sadaqat lodged a complaint with Pallabi police station in this connection.

He said that Dhaka North Juba League vice president Kazi Jahirul Islam Manik and his associates were behind the attack and they also locked up their office at Bihari Camp in Mirpur.

Manik, also councilor of ward 3 under Dhaka North City Corporation, had political conflict with Sadaqat for a few years, said locals.

Sadaqat said that he competed with Manik for the councillor post in last city corporation election which enraged Manik.

‘The councilor had excluded names of my associates from relief beneficiary list during this coronavirus crisis. I complained about it to different top officials, which enraged Manik further,’ Sadaqat said.

On Tuesday night, Manik and his associates attacked Sadaqat and his men in front of their camp office.

Sadaqat alleged that Manik’s men locked up their office and attacked his son with bricks and his brother with machete.

Later police rushed to the area and drove away the attackers.

When approached, councilor Manik dined the allegation saying that it was a clash between two groups of Biharis.

He said that that they had received some relief for distributing among Biharis and Bengalis in the area and handed over reliefs meant for Biharis to their community leaders.

There were disputes between two Bihari leaders, Mostaq and Sadaqat, and they got involved in feud over the relief distribution.

Pallabi police inspector (investigation) Abdul Mabud said that Sadaqat has lodged a complaint and they were investigating the matter.

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