Gaibandha – The Santal community in northern Bangladeshi district of Gaibandha has blamed a group of local Awami League party and police for the recent attacks to evict them from their homesteads.
The indigenous group of people made the allegations while a team of the ruling party visited the area in Gabindaganj of the district to investigate the matter Sunday.
Two residents of the Santal community were killed and more than 30 others injured when a group of people along with the law enforcement agencies attacked the indigenous groups on November 6 in a remote village of Gabindaganj.
The Santals were also evicted from their homes by setting fire to small huts they were living in a land that was leased out to Rangpur Sugar Mill.
Law enforcement agencies have been claiming that they were trying to evict illegal occupation from the government land. The Santals say that they were forced out of their land.
After visiting the scene, Khalid Mahmud Chawdhury, a member of the team and also organizational secretary of the party, said we heard their claims.
“We will take stern action against the attackers,” he said.
Chowdhury said the people of the minority group will be able to live and farm in the area but the land ownership will remain with the government.
In 1956, the then government acquired about two thousand acres of land for sugar mills at Mahimaganj area of the district and the Santal community has been living in 15 villages of the area after that time.