Three constables of Jashore detective branch of police and their private car driver were injured as they received mass beating by the villagers at village Matikumra under Jhikargachha upazila in Jashore Thursday night.
The wounded cops who are now undergoing treatment at Jashore General Hospital are Murad Hossain, Shimul Hossain, and Mamun Ali, and their private car driver Shaon, police said.
Jhikargachha police said they arrested 40 villagers on Friday for their alleged involvement in the attack on the DB personnel.
According to the villagers, they were being harassed by a group of men who falsely claimed to be members of the law enforcement agencies for the past few weeks.
When four people on Thursday around 10:00pm entered village Matikumra by a car and claimed to be members of DB, the villagers wanted proof and at one stage the two parties locked in a heated debate over their identity.
Since there was no officer accompanying them, the villagers took them to be fake DB members. At one point the agitated villagers began to beat the DB members and their car driver.
On hearing the news, police said, other police members rescued them and rushed them to Jessore General Hospital.
Jashore superintendent of police Mainul Haque said the cops went to the village in a drive and came under attack after the villagers assumed that they were fake members of DB.
He claimed that the injured cops were not involved in any unprofessional activities.
The SP, however, denied making any comment on whether there was any officer with the constables during the drive.
He said an investigation is on to probe the incident and to find out whether the incident was pre-planned and had been manipulated by people with vested interest in destabilizing the law and order situation in the area.
Jhikargachha police station officer-in-charge Abdur Razzak said they detained 40 villagers in connection with the attack on the DB personnel.
The police are in the process of lodging a case, he said on Friday evening.
Locals alleged that the male members of the village have left their residences to avoid arrest and harassment.
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