Sunday, April 5, 2009

BNP activist killed over land dispute

A BNP supporter was killed and 20 others were injured while some houses and shops were ransacked in an attack allegedly by a group of Awami League activists over land dispute at Dahia village in Shingra upazila of Natore yesterday.

The deceased was identified as Abdus Samad, 38.

Ali Ahmed Hasmi, OC of Shingra police station, said there had been a longstanding dispute between two groups of people--one led by AL leader Khair and another by BNP leader and UP member Kamal--over a piece of land.

At about 6:00 am, some 200 attackers equipped with machetes, sharp weapons, iron rods and sticks swooped on the houses of Kamal and some of his supporters that left 20 people injured, locals said.

They also ransacked and looted the shops of Monser Ali, Osman, Tofazzal Mollah, Mahabur and Aftab at a nearby market during the attack.

Abdus Samad was hit by a sharp weapon causing his death on the spot as he was looking for a shelter outside his house, said Shamsul Haque, the victim's cousin.

The attackers left the scene soon after the killing, local people said.

Victim's cousin Shamsul filed a murder case with the police. Police arrested Golam Mawla and Azmal in this connection.

OC Ali Ahmed said, "The incident was not political though a number of AL men were involved in the attack."

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