An uneasy calm prevails in 70 villages of Faridpur's Saltha as almost all the men have gone into hiding following cases filed in connection with the April 5 violence in the area.
Tensions are running high as the police have been carrying out drives to arrest people involved in the attacks on different government offices and infrastructures.
Those who were involved in the incident have fled to escape arrest. The ones who had nothing to do with the incident are also running away to avoid harassment.
Five cases have been filed so far over the violence in Saltha. Names of 261 suspects have been mentioned in the cases with 16,800 anonymous accused.
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The villages of Saltha are as silent as the grave now.
As there are no men in the villages, crops of thousands of hectares of land remain unharvested and are being allowed to rot in the fields.
Women of different villages were seen selling daily necessities including onions and jute at Saltha Bazar on Sunday morning. Also, some homemakers came to do their grocery shopping.
Salma Begum, who came to sell onions at the market, said: "There are no male members in the house. Everyone has fled the house since that incident."
Only women and children were seen in 70 of 109 villages of Saltha.
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Hashi Begum, a local, said: "I am feeling scared all the time. I'm living with the fear of a police raid all day long. There are no men in the house. Everyone is fleeing to avoid arrest."