The incident took place in Doripara village, near Dhaka which falls under the authority of the Kaliganj police station.
On 24 March, four plain clothes police officers raided the home of a Christian woman, Mina Dores. The police officers did not produce their identity cards or a warrant and took approximately 5000 taka (around $80) from her home.
Family members, thinking the men were thieves, challenged them to show their identity cards. The men refused and locked the family in a room.
Neighbours rushed to assist the family and started beating the plain clothes officers until a group of 30 policemen from Gazipur district arrived, at which point they shot at and beat the villagers. A number of homes were damaged and approximately 25 people were injured. Five remain in a critical condition. The villagers, fearing for their safety, were reluctant to file a police complaint or First Information Report (FIR), however the police filed an FIR on 25 March against the Christian community.
William Samadder Proloy, Secretary General of the Christian Association Bangladesh, visited Doripara Village on 25 March and expressed his shock at the severity of the attack on the Christian community. He has called for an immediate investigation and justice for victims.
Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide
- Pray for those who remain in hospital; may they receive the medical care they require; ask the Lord to fully restore them to health.
- Pray the Lord will use the testimonies of these believers, so this incident will serve as a witness to the Gospel.
- Pray the perpetrators will be brought to justice and also be given an opportunity to hear the message of salvation.