A pedestrian was hit with a bullet from a shotgun of a constable during the open market sale of onion in Sylhet on Monday afternoon.
The bullet-injured pedestrian, Chandra Kanta Singha, 52, was admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital immediately after the incident, said Kotwali police inspector (investigation) Rita Akter.
Witnesses said hundreds of city dwellers flocked to buy onion as Trading Corporation of Bangladesh started selling onion at Tk 45 a kg in front of Kabi Nazrul Auditorium at Rikabibazar in the city from 10:00am after the market price of the commodity reached Tk 250.
Amid jostle among the onion buyers, the shotgun of a constable, who was trying to tackle the crowd, went off at about 1:15pm and the bullet hit the pedestrian, they said.
A woman, who went there to buy onion, was also hurt in the scuffle, local residents said. The injured woman also was given primary treatment at the hospital, the police officer said.
Earlier on Friday, Rapid Action Battalion seized 7.2 tonnes of onion smuggled in the country from India.
Shah Paran police handed over the seized onion to the TCB Sylhet office to sell them at OMS outlets at Tk 45 a kg amid skyrocketing of the price of the essential commodity.
TCB Sylhet office in-charge Ismail Mazumder told New Age that they started to sell the onion in three trucks at Rikabibazar, in front of north-end of Keane Bridge and at Al Markaz Point of
Bangabir Road at Dakshin Surma in the city from the morning.
‘Two kilograms of onion were offered to each of the buyers,’ he added.
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