RANGPUR: At least 300 houses were gutted and 20 people injured in the Camp of stranded Pakistani in Rangpur City on Wednesday night.
Following the incident, district Administration formed a four-member probe body to look into arson at stranded Pakistani camp.
The probe team was asked to submit report by Sunday.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Jakir Hossain confirmed it to banglanews.
Sources said the fire originated at 9:00pm when some stranded Pakistanis set on fire to a nearby tea stall over an altercation.
On information, five fire fighting units rushed in and doused the blaze after two and half hours frantic efforts.
Witnesses said some stranded Pakistanis engaged in altercation with a tea stall owner adjacent to their camp. At one stage of altercation, they chopped stall owner and his son with lethal weapons. They also set on fire to the stall and the fire soon engulfed the adjacent houses.
Later, angry stranded Pakistanis ransacked more shops and Robertsonganj High School and College in the area. They pelted brick-bats on law enforcers.
Police fired several rounds of rubber bullets to bring the situation under control. Additional police and Rab personnel have been deployed in the area to avert further untoward situation.
DB police SI Shariful Islam told banglanews, “Legal action will be taken against involved after investigation.”
After the fire incident, high officials of local administration including Rangpur Additional DIG Lutfor Rahman, Rangpur Additional Divisional commissioner Narayan Chandra Barma visited the spot and assured the victims to provide assistance.
BDST: 11:00 HRS, DEC 06, 2012
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