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Report in Bangla

On November 16,

2010, at about 8 o’clock in the morning a group of circa 50 people on board of motorcycles attacked in medieval style a Dalit (Rishi) hamlet in the village of Mojidpur in Kesobpur upazila in the Jessore district. The attackers set fire to the houses of Sopon Das, Gopal Das, Shosti Das, Roshomoe Das, Shorosoti Das and Orciona Das. At the same time, they started breaking up and beating up whatever and whoever came their way. Apparently, behind the attack there is a question of land. The musclemen have been hired by local Muslims who have claims on the land of the Rishi. In the ensuing fight a dozen Rishi people had to be admitted to the local hospital for treatment. After the attack, people of the Rishi hamlet supported by other local people organised a procession to protest the happening. A memorandum has been handed over to the upazila’s administrative officer. To farther protest the attack a road blockade was enforced. The people were addressed by Advocate Abu Bokkar, local leader, and Bikash Das, convener of the Bangladesh Dalit Parishad. The latter organisation and Parittran, a Dalit Human Rights organisation, are planning further action for the following days. Court cases have been started and pressure is mounting for the arrest of the perpetrators.

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