A Bangladesh Chhatra League activist perished under the wheels of a truck while trying to escape a police chase at Bhurungamari in Kurigram on Thursday afternoon.
The incident sparked demonstrations against law enforcers, which led the authorities to deploy additional police and Border Guard Bangladesh members to maintain law and order in the area.
Eyewitnesses said that BCL activist Khairul Islam Khokon was chased by the police as he tried to ignore a signal to stop at a police check-post examining vehicle registration documents and driving licenses near Sonahat Degree College around midday.
Khokon was riding a motorcycle and he fell off it before being run over by a truck as he tried to avoid the police checking, said eyewitnesses.
He died on the way to hospital.
Angered by the news, locals tried to attack three policemen—traffic inspector Mostafizur Rahman, assistant traffic inspector Rezaul and constable Bikash—on duty at the police check-post.
The policemen took shelter in the office of the local union parishad.
Angry locals demonstrated outside the union parishad office and it took hours to calm them down, said Sonahat union parishad chairman Shahjahan Ali Molla.
Bhurungamari police officer-in-charge Imtiaz Kabir said that additional police and BGB members were deployed in the area to avoid any further deterioration of the situation.
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