Monday, October 6, 2008

FF beaten to death over distribution of fitra money

A freedom fighter was beaten to death by a rival group yesterday following an altercation over the distribution of fitra money on the Eid day at Maligachha village under Godagari upazila.

The victim identified as Sajjad Hossain, 60, was a freedom fighter and village matbor (arbitrator).

Local people said some of the attackers were the activists of Shibir, a student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami. They wanted the money to be donated to the madrasa and not to be distributed among the have-nots.

Police arrested three people -- Wasim, Roky and Monirul -- after a case was lodged with Godagari Police Station, accusing over 50 people, including Mojibor, Mizan, Shakhawat and Shahid in this connection.

According to police and villagers, a number of people, who were associated with the local Hafizia madrasa, swooped on Sajjad near his house around at noon and locked into a bitter dispute.

At one stage, Sajjad fell on the ground after receiving wounds by the madrasa men and was beaten unto his death, sources added.

Officer-in-Charge Mohiuddin Ahmed of Godagari Police Station said Sajjad developed enmity with Jamaat worker Mojibor Rahman few months ago over the latter's removal from the post of Imam of the village mosque over irregularities.

As Sajjad was a leader of the village, local people gave him their fitra money for distributing among the poor of the village before the Eid.

Mojibor, who is engaged with the madrasa, demanded the fitra money for the madrasa. But Sajjad denied Mojibor and wanted to distribute those among the poor.

Sajjad had a dispute with the madrasa people led by the imam several times over the fitra-related matter before the Eid, police said, adding that on the day, Sajjad lodged a general diary (GD) with the police station sensing a threat on his life.

Acting on the GD, local police called both the groups to the police station in order to settle the matter, but a large number of madrasa men did not turn up that foiled the attempt.

When the freedom fighter was returning home from the police station at noon, the madrasa people attacked him.

Mosarraf Hossain, Sajjad's brother, told newsmen that the attackers were Jamaat-Shibir men.

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