Before independence, Maymon Singh district which is today part of Bangladesh. A distinguished Hindu family lived in it, even before independence, there was a large Muslim population in that area, but Hindus were ahead at the social and economic level. Be it zamindari, doctors, barristers, teachers and government officials everywhere the Hindu community dominated.
In Itai village of Maymon Singh district, where there was no electricity till ten years ago, there was a famous school up to class four at that time. This school was established by some families of the village together, among those eminent people was Durgacharon Deb, grandfather of Pradeep Kumar Deb.
Pradeep Kumar Deb told that he was educated in the same school, I still remember that day. He said that seven generations of us had lived there, at that time we had 25 acres of land, bamboo forests and many ponds. Education was given importance in our family, so grandmother used to live on rent in Maymon Singh city with three brothers, I completed my schooling from there. During this we saw many attacks on Hindu society, houses of Hindu families were burnt, but because of our honor and respect in the village, we have never been attacked like this.
When our country became independent, my elder brother Arun Kumar Deb decided to come to India and we stayed in Pakistan. I came to India on January 4, 1949 to meet my elder brother, at that time our family was in Pakistan which is today Bangladesh. We used to come to Bangladesh during Durga Puja in both the years, we used to come to Bangladesh for Durga Puja and summer vacation till 1950. Since then the situation changed, attacks on Hindu families started in Bangladesh, Hindus were never attacked simultaneously, but wherever there were attacks, Hindu families present there were forced to displace.
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In 1950, there were riots everywhere, to avoid those riots, 22 people of my family came to India overnight. At that time there was no direct train from Bangladesh to India, to come to India, one had to cross the river by steamer first, after that two trains had to be changed. Even after the riots of 1950, my parents did not come to India because many children of my family were studying there at that time.
We had no source of income in India at that time so my parents, Hemonto Kumar Deb and Chapola Deb were living in Maymon Singh district. There were many attacks when he was there too, but my family was safe. In 1961, my elder brother and I had come to India with my parents and we had handed over the responsibility of our land to Yogesh Nath, after some time it was heard that Yogesh Nath was shot dead by someone. After that our land, houses and ponds were confiscated.
Prodip Kumar Deb who spent thirty years of his life in the US after doing engineering. He became a part of the ADB project which was assigned the task of infrastructure development in 51 districts in Bangladesh, working there for two and a half years. He also went to his village during work. He said the Bangladesh I knew was secular but in the last 60 years everything has changed.
The primary school built with the support of his family has now become a high school, his small village has now become a tehsil. His district is now one of the major cities of the country, I had to go to my village to assure the people that I had not come to take back my land. One thing that comforted me was the Durga-Kali temple. It was safe till 2012, now it is there or it has been demolished, it is difficult to tell
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