A mob in Sirajganj torched a boat, allegedly in the presence of police, for carrying ‘COVID-19 suspects’ at Bashghat near the BL Govt School adjacent to the embankment of the River Jamuna on Thursday.
The boatman Jewel Mia, however, said that he was carrying labourers of a government project from Jamalpur’s Tarakandi on Thursday evening in the presence of police constable Hasan Ahmed.
‘The engine and a part of the boat are burnt. They beat me up and snatched my mobile phone when I protested at the act,’ he said.
Later, locals doused the fire.
Hafizul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj sadar police, said that he had heard of the incident but none filed any complaint with the police station.
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