At least two people, including a non-resident Bangladeshi, were killed and more than 100 were injured in a clash between two groups of people over re-appointing an imam in a village mosque in Habiganj on Saturday morning.
The deceased are Kabir Miah, 45, an expatriate in London and son of Sabu Miah of Mugkandi village at Satkapan union under Bahubal upazila and Abdul Matin Akhanji, 50, son of the late Muslim Miah of the same village, police said.
Locals said re-appointing an imam in a village mosque opened up a division among the Mugkandi villagers.
Supporters of the both sides got into a clash on Friday afternoon following an altercation. More than 10 people were injured during the fight, sources said.
As a sequel of Friday’s clash, villages, armed with spears and bamboo sticks, locked in a clash on Saturday morning that left more than 100 people injured.
Kabir Miah died on the spot and Matin died on his way to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, said Bahubal upazila chairman Abdul Hai.
The other injured were admitted to local upazila health complex and different private hospitals in Habiganj and Sylhet, he added.
Being informed, the Bahubal police reached the spot at about 8:30am and dispersed the villagers by firing about 100 blank shots and 25 teargas canisters, said Habiganj police assistant superintendent Rashelur Rahman.
‘Four persons were detained from the spot for their suspected involvement with the clash,’ the police officer said, adding that a team police have been deployed in the Mugkandi village after the incident to avert further clash.
Bahubal police officer-in-charge Mazharul Islam told New Age in the afternoon that preparation was underway to file two separate cases in this regard.
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