A young man was hacked to death in Kumarkhali upazila of Kushtia on Friday night in a clash between two groups of villagers over sand lifting from the river Padma.
The victim was Abdul Mannan Khan, 25, son of Jamal Khan of village Gobindapur of Sadipur union.
A local member of the Sadipur union council, Md Johurul Islam, said there was a rivalry between the residents of Gobindapur village and Launch Ghat village of Pabna over controlling sand business for the last few months.
As the Launch Ghat area people went to Islamic sermon held at the Gobindapur Modhhyapara mosque adjacent to Pabna district, the Gobindapur people locked in a clash with them, he said. The programme was postponed over the clash.
During the clash, Mannan was hacked severely. He died on the way to Pabna Medical College Hospital, the member said.
Officer-in-charge of Pabna Sadar police station Md Nasim Ahmed said the body was sent to Pabna Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy on Saturday morning.
Additional police from Pabna and Kushtia were deployed in the area to bring the situation under control, the OC said.
Pabna police arrested two suspected people in this connection, the OC said, adding that the arrestees were handed over to Kumarkhali police of Kushtia district for legal action.
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