Ten days have been passed since police and local goons attacked and evicted indigenous Santal families from their homes in Gaibandha district’s Gobindaganj.
More than 1200 Santal families, who are predominantly Christian, are still living under the open sky in the premises of local churches. Three men died during the police firing and arson on November 6.
The district administration is yet to start any probe, but police have already filed a case against more than 350 Santal men. Barred from work, the families are facing a severe food crisis. Sources said, in several cases, local police and goons barred activist from distributing foods and clothing.
Kapaeeng, an indigenous human rights group, alleged that the attacks was ordered by the local member of the Parliament Abul Kalam Azad and Chairman of Sapmara Union Council Shakil Ahmed Bulbul. And their goons are currently forcing the from going out of village periphery.
‘As houses and all belongings of the families are completely burnt down, most of them are living with a single cloth,’ a release said on Wednesday.
On 6 November, Police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and local goons suddenly attacked indigenous people and Bengali farmers and evicted them from their homes and fields in Bagda Farm area of Gobindaganj sub-district.
Rangpur Sugar Mills claim they own the land under government leasing. The attacker and arsonists were ‘hired by the sugar mill authority’, local people and rights activists alleged.
In this attack, at least three indigenous Santal men were shot dead, another three indigenous Santal villagers were arrested and 30 people including 17 indigenous men and 8 law enforcers were severely injured.