Criminals torched the house of a Hindu family in Rajbati area under Sadar district early yesterday in an alleged bid to grab the land.
The victim, Durgapada Das, a physically challenged, said a gang led by local influential person Mohammed Rezaul Karim attacked his house at around 1:00am. They looted valuables and later set the house afire, he added.
Police quoted victim’s family and locals as saying that the gang, equipped with sharp weapons, made the attack in an attempt to grab the land.
The gang beat up Durgapada’s son Chandan Kumar, vandalised the house and set fire to it, locals said, adding that the victim’s family are now staying under the open sky.