Dhaka: Nearly six months after a controversy erupted following incidents of attacks on the Durga Puja pandals, a prominent Hindu leader was brutally tortured during the Iftar party recently.
According to a report, the incident occurred in Bangladesh’s South Chittagong over an invitation to an Iftar party. The report said that Jitendra Kanti Guha, vice-president of Chittagong South of the Bangladesh Hindu, Buddhist, Christian Oikya Parishad, was reportedly tied to a tree and then beaten at Haidgaon Union in Patia Upazila of Chattogram.
The leader was then shifted to a nearby hospital where he is currently undergoing treatment. As per the media report, the incident occurred when an Iftar party was going on at Gauchia Community Centre. The event was organised by the Haidgaon Union Awami League.
It is learned that the organiser did not invite Union Parishad (UP) chairman BM Jasim, which resulted in the controversy. While reacting to the incident, Shahidul Islam Zulu, the joint convener of the Haidgaon Union Awami League (UAL), said that Jasim was not invited as he had recently joined the ruling Awami League.
Jasim alleged Guha of collecting huge money from people in the name of jobs and houses. According to Zulu, Jasim came to the venue with at least 40 people and started abusing different people who were present at the party. He also abused Mahmudul Haque Hafez, convener of the Union Awami League. While a heated argument was going on, a former member, Inderjit Leo, started beating Guha. Subsequently, other people who came with Jasim tied Guha to a tree and beat him until blood started oozing from his body.