Two suspected activists of an ultra-left party were lynched during a police drive near Sondah cannel of Santhia in Pabna early Saturday.
The deceased, Shahin alias Halka Shahin, 45, of Jorgachha and Mashir Mia alias Kalu, 35, of Daramda in Santhia, were activists of ultra-left Sarbahara Party and their names were in the list of suspected criminals prepared by the police, said police.
They said that Shahin was named in at least five cases and one of the most wanted criminals, the OC said adding that the details about Kalu could not be confirmed.
Pabna assistant superintendent of police (Bera circle) Sheikh Jillur Rahman said that a team of police, acting on a tip off, raided Jorgachha village as the outlawed operatives gathered in the village at around 11.00pm on Friday.
During the drive, he claimed, the suspects started jumping into the cannel to flee the area but villagers began to chase them.
Villagers caught Shahin and Kalu and beat them up when police rushed the spot and rescued the victims with critical injuries from Sondah area while the rest of the operatives managed to flee, he said.
Police seized a shutter gun from the spot, he said.
Police however took the Shahin and Kalu to Bera upazila health complex but as they turned critical they were shifted to Pabna General Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries around 1:30am on Saturday, he added.
Bodies of the duo were sent to Pabna Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy.
Asked about filing any case over the incident, the Jillur said that the police were investigating the incident and a case would be filed accusing anonymous villagers.
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