News Alert: Robbers stab two Sikh pilgrims in Bangladesh


Robbers stabbed two Sikh pilgrims from Indian and snatched Tk 50,000 and a mobile phone from them in Sitakunda of Chittagong Monday night.

Injured Bhupinder Singh, 68, and Mul Chand Singh, 63, were given first aid at a local hospital, said Iftekhar Hasan, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Police Station.

Later, they were sent to Dhaka with police escort, he added.

Law enforcers detained two people for their alleged involvement in the incident, said Iftekhar. He, however, declined to disclose their identities.

Police said a group of Sikh pilgrims were returning to Dhaka in four microbuses after visiting a Gurdwara in Chittagong.

But the driver of one of the vehicles, which was carrying Bhupinder Singh, Mul Chand Singh and seven others of the group, stopped the vehicle at Panthichhila area in Sitakunda around 11:30pm as the vehicle’s bumper got damaged, said Tariqul Islam, senior assistant superintendent of police of Sitakunda Model Police Station, quoting the microbus driver.

“Suddenly 10-12 masked men swooped on them with machetes and sticks and snatched Tk 50,000 and a mobile phone from them,” the police official said.

As Bhupinder Singh and Mul Chand Singh defended themselves, they were hacked by machetes and the attackers fled the scene, he added. They suffered injuries in the left hand and the right leg respectively.

As soon as the attackers fled the scene, the driver drove the microbus towards Mirsarai, and came across a police patrol team on the way. Police took them to a local hospital, said OC Iftekhar.

After that, they were sent to Dhaka under police escort, he added.

Contacted, Chittagong Additional Superintendent of Police (north zone) Mustafizur Rahman said that the incident seemed to be a case of robbery.

He said the group came to Chittagong from Dhaka Monday afternoon and visited a Gurdwara in Chawk Bazar in the port city around 2:30pm and then started for Dhaka around 10:30pm.

“They did not inform us about their visit,” Mustafizur said, adding, “Had they informed us, we would have given them police protection.”

The microbus driver, Ashim Kumar Malakar of Kushtia, filed a case with the police station in this connection, he added.

Via: Sikh Channel

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