10/11/2022, 11.21
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Durgapur: Catholic politician murdered by his opponents

by Sumon Corraya

Subroto Sangma, of the Awami League, died in hospital from his injuries. His sister filed a complaint against the local Bangladesh National Party leader. Condolences from Bangladeshi Christians and politicians.




Netrakona (AsiaNews) - After being attacked last month by a group of opponents, Catholic politician Subroto Sangma died a few days ago in hospital from injuries sustained. Sangma was first attacked by a group of people in Rashimoni Bazar, near Durgapur, while a second assault took place on the bank of the Someshwari river in Shibgonj when about 20 men with armed with an iron bar attacked him on his way to hospital.

Sangma, 47, was a Garo tribesman from Ranikhong parish, Mymensingh diocese. He was president of the Kullagora Union Parishad and vice president of the Kullagora Union Awami League in Durgapur. His paternal uncle, lawyer Promode Mankin, was an Awami League Bangladesh member and Minister of Social Affairs. He was treated at Mymensingh Medical College and Hospital and died on 8 October.

"Subroto Sangma has long been in conflict with the general secretary of the Bangladesh National Party in Durgapur, Abdul Awal," explained local Awami League general secretary Sajjadur Rahman. "Awal has established a reign of terror by forming terrorist forces in this area. Subroto Sangma opposed this, but in the end he was killed. We condemn this murder and will organise a protest".

Sangma had lost to Awal in the local elections but had won the previous ones.

Keya Tju, sister of the Catholic politician, filed a complaint with the police against Awal, his brothers and other personalities linked to their clan. 

Obaidul Quader, general secretary of the Bangaldesh Awami League and Minister of Road Transport, condemned the murder and expressed his condolences in a press release.

Nirmol Rozario, president of the Bangladesh Christian Association, said: 'We demand the arrest of those involved in this murder and we want justice. We express our condolences to the family and relatives of Sangma. May the Almighty grant him eternal peace'.

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