GOLAKGNAJ, April 29 � Residents along the Indo-Bangla border in Dhubri district are on tenterhooks over frequent cases of dacoities, thefts, murders, kidnappings, extortion and other criminal activities.
A group of 18 dacoits armed with sharp weapons entered the house of Hazi Fazal Ali of Zhaudanaga under Mankachar Police Station in Dhubri district and looted valuables worth a considerable amount at around 1.30 am (midnight) on Thursday. The dacoits severely injured the family members of the house. Hazi Fazal Ali, his son and daughter in-law were injured by sharp weapons. Surprisingly, such an incident took place just less than 1 km away from the Indo-Bangla border.
Villager Moktadir Rahman told this Correspondent that the group of dacoits entered in the house of Hazi Fzal Ali after breaking the door and tied up Ali with ropes and started beating the family members. Afterwords the dacoits broke the lock of a almirah and stole all the valuables. Hazi Fazal Ali happens to be the secretary of Zhaudanga graveyards committee. An amount of Rs 1 lakhs with drawn from the bank on Wednesday for the purpose of making payments to the labourers who were working in the graveyards for its construction. It is believed by the local people that the dacoits knew about the bank withdrawal amount being kept under the custody of Hazi Fazal Ali in his house.
The dacoits tortured the family members for one hour and threatened to kill them if they raised a hue and cry or protested. Prior to this dacoity the dacoits had also tried to enter three houses, i.e., of Lichu Sakar of Pubergram, Sahabuddin Mandal of Mandalpara and Hazi Mostafa of Zhudanga, but failed as the house owners were alert.
Sailen Roy, officer in-charge of Mankachar Police Station said that they hope to apprehend the dacoits soon. It is important to mention the local people feel that the group of dacoits are from across the border.