Unknown assailants hacked and shot three siblings in their residence at Tejgaon in the capital in an attempted heist, police say. Police said it was a robbery attempt early on Thursday. While the family claimed they were attacked because of being Christians.
Injured Rajesh D' Cruz, 35, and his brother Rajon D' Cruz, 38, are now undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Another injured Bipasha D' Cruz, 40, received primary treatment at the hospital, a DMCH source said.
Mazharul Islam, Officer-in-Charge of Tajgaon Police Station told the daily Observer on Thursday that the men broke into the first floor apartment of a six-storey building at Tejgaon's Arzatpara at around 4:00am.
Rajon and Rajesh were shot in the legs and have slash injuries, the OC said. The bandits attacked the trio with sharp weapons when they attempted to catch the robbers, the OC added. They left the scene immediately after the attack.
Mazharul Islam, said at least three masked men sneaked into the apartment by breaking a window grille. "The siblings were hacked and shot when they tried to resist the robbers."
Apart from the siblings, their mother and Rajesh D' Cruz's wife and child live in the three-bedroom apartment.
Mother Rekha Teresa D' Cruz said the men broke the window grille of their living room and came into the bed-room where she and her daughter were sleeping. "Sensing their presence, my daughter tried to scream and during a scuffle, she was hacked."
The brawl led the brothers to come out from their rooms, who were then hacked with sharp weapons, said the mother. "They opened fire while retreating through the balcony."
She believes it is not a simple case of robbery. "We don't have that much asset. We believe we were attacked because of being Christians." Bloodstains were seen on the floors and walls of the balcony. Police said they recovered a machete and wrench from the apartment.