A man was beaten to death by extortionists at Chanpur area of Comilla on Thursday afternoon for refusing to pay toll.
The deceased is identified as Md Sadek Ali Khandaker, 57, son of Mottoj Ali Khandaker of the area.
Quoting locals, Salauddin, sub-inspector of Kotwali police station, said some youths, including one Haji Billal Hossain, demanded toll from Sadek as he had bought a piece of land in the area for constructing a house.
When Sadek went to a local shop at noon, the youths demanded toll from him. As he denied, they hit him with brick, wood and hammer, leaving him dead on the spot.
Protesting the incident, the agitated locals vandalised two shops, a house and a motorcycle.
Police arrested Billal's wife, two daughters and two youths.
Police recovered the body and sent it to Comilla Medical College Hospital for autopsy.
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