A trader, 55, was beaten and hacked to death and six others were injured allegedly by Cumilla City Juba League senior joint convener and Cumilla City Corporation ward councilor Alamgir Hossain and his brothers in presence of several hundred people near Changini Mosque in Cumilla city Friday afternoon.
The deceased, Akhter Hossain of Changini area, was a sand trader and restaurant owner.
The murder was an outcome of a family feud and factional clash in local Juba League, the ruling Awami League’s youth front.
The injured ones, including Akther’s brother Shahjalal Alal, also ward Juba League joint convener, were admitted to different hospitals and clinics.
Local people and the victim’s family said that the attackers were relatives of the victim and the attack was launched as a sequel of previous enmity over possession of properties and as the ward councilor was not invited to a kite festival scheduled for Friday afternoon marking the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s birth centenary, organised by Shahjalal’s followers in Juba League activists.
Shahjalal said that the Alamgir became angry as he was not invited to the kite festival and locked in an altercation with his family in the morning.
He alleged that Alamgir and his family warned them of dire consequences.
Witnesses said that at about 1:45pm, when the devotees had been coming out of the Changini Mosque after saying juma prayers, the ward councilor, his brothers and other male family members, armed with iron rods and sticks, attacked Akhter in front of the mosque and began to beat him up.
They said that the Akhter’s relatives as well as other devotees tried to rescue him when at least six people including Shahjalal were injured.
Critically injured Akhter was rushed to Moon Hospital in the city where duty doctors declared him dead.
A witness, Abbas Ali, told New Age that the ward councilor asked the devotees to leave the place saying that the matter was his relatives’ issue and they would resolve it.
Cumilla Sadar South Model Police Station inspector (investigation) Kamal Krishna Dhar said that they rushed to the spot, caught the councillor’s brothers Amir, Jahangir and Billal and seized iron rods from their possession.
He said that they brought the situation under control and deployed additional police forces in the area to avoid any further untoward incident.
The police official said that they came to know that the Alamgir was present during the incident.
Alamgir could not be reached for comments as his mobile phone was found switched off.
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