A 40-year-old man was killed and five others injured as rivals clashed over slaughtering sacrificial animal on a piece of disputed land at village Badal-Ratanpur under Mehendiganj upazila in Barisal Wednesday morning.
The deceased was Oliul Gharami of the village.
The injured, who are now undergoing treatment at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, are Humayun Gharami, 28, Kamal Hossain Gharami, 30, Md Masud, 25, Shahgid Hossain, 24, and Alamgir Hossain.
Kazirhat police station officer-in-charge Md Harun-or-Rashid said that there was rivalry between Oliul and Shah Alam Gharami, both next-door neighbours and relatives.
On Wednesday at about 9:30am, while returning home after saying Eid-ul-Fitr prayers. Oliul found that Shah Alam’s men had been arranging to slaughter a bull on the disputed land, also adjacent to a pond, and asked to slaughter the animal elsewhere, locals said.
At this point, Oliul and Shah Alam’s men locked in an altercation and, at one stage, the later began to hack Oliul with the sharp weapons, they said.
As Oliul’s family members rushed to the spot and tried to save him, the attackers also hacked them, leaving Oliul, Humayun, Kamal, Masud, Shahid and Alamgir injured, said the villagers.
They were rushed to SBMCH where Oliul died at about 12:30pm, the police and sources in the hospital said.
Kazirhat police station officer-in-charge Md Harun-or-Rashid said they visited the spot and detained Shah Alam and his sister-in-law Sharmin Begum from their village home for their suspected involvement in the murder.
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