At least two youths were killed and more than 20 others injured in a clash between two groups over alleged harassment of girls at Abdullahpur village in Debidwar upazila of Cumilla early Thursday.
The deceased were identified as 20-year-old Saiful, son of Habibur Rahman, and 19-year-old Fahim, son of Renu Mia, of the same village.
Amir Ullah, assistant superintendent of Brahmanpara circle police, said that the clash broke out at the house of a local resident where a ‘haldi ceremony’, a pre-marriage ritual, was organised on Wednesday evening.
‘As girls and boys were showing off their dance moves at the programme, a group of youths from the neighbouring Gunjar village in Muradnagar upazila crashed the haldi function and started harassing the girls on the dance floor,’ the officer said.
This led to an altercation between the boys on the dance floor and the group of youths, Amir said. ‘Subsequently, the youths were driven out of the house by the owner.’
The group left the spot only to come back again with more youths from Gunjar village. ‘At about 1:00am, residents of Abdullahpur village caught the outsiders, triggering the clash,’ the police officer said.
While two youths of Abdullahpur died in the clash, those injured were hospitalised. ‘Four of the 20 injured have been shifted to Cumilla Medical College Hospital. The death toll may rise as the condition of three is said to be critical,’ Amir said.
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