At least nine people have been killed in a clash between the Bangalee and Bihari community people in Kalshi of the capital’s Mirpur area on Saturday morning.
Of the victims, seven are identified as Baby, her sons Lalu and Bhulu, her daughters Shahana and Afshana, Daughter-in-law Jayeda and Shahana’s son Adil.
Additional Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Jasimuddin confirmed the deaths to the Dhaka Tribune. He said: “Eight of the victims are from the same family. The death toll may rise further as several other people received severe injuries.”
Eight victims are from the same family
He further said: “The clash ensued between the Banglalee youths and Bihari Community people at 5am over exploding crackers marking the Shab-e-Barat. The Banglaee youths set fire at a house, leaving all eight family members dead.”
“The injured have received bullets and many were stabbed. They were admitted at different hospitals and clinics. Of the injured, Md Aslam, 50, Badar Uddin, 45, Arju, 16, Farzana, 30 and Azad, 35, were admitted at Dhaka Medical College Hospital.”
Wishing anonymity, an official of Dhaka Medical College Hospital police outpost said Azad received severe bullet injuries and succumbed to his injuries at DMCH.”
Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner, Mirpur Division told the Dhaka Trinbune: “The bodies of the victims could not be recovered as the agitated Bihari people are not letting us to enter inside the area. The exact number of casualtiescould not be known. The death toll may rise further.”
Munna Hossain, joint secretary of SPGRC, an organisation of local Bihari community, said: “The Bangalee and Bihari youths were exploding crackers seperately around 5am. Hearing the sound of blast, police rushed in and asked both the groups to stop exploding crackers. At one stage of talk, the police engaged in a chase and counter chase with the Bihari youths. Suddenly, the Bangalee youths attacked the houses of Biharis in the presence of the police, set fire at five houses and injured many Bihari youths.
The local youths from Lalmatia slum locked the doors of Baby’s house from outside and set fire, leaving Baby and her family members dead,” he added.
The bodies of the eight victims have been kept inside the office of SPGRC, said Munna.
Following the incident, Bihari Community people took to the street. The police have fired some blank shots to disperse the agitating people.
They have claimed that local Bangalee youths vandalised some houses and looted valuables of the Biharis.