A case was filed on Sunday accusing 150 BNP men of attempting to snatch away arms from police during a clash with supporters of the main opposition BNP in Bancharampur upazila of the district on Saturday afternoon.
Afzal Hossain Khan, sub-inspector of Bancharampur police station, filed the case, naming 17 BNP men including the upazila unit’s former Organising Secretary Md Rafiql Islam and 137 others without names.
On the other hand, leaders and activists of the BNP and its associate bodies held a protest procession in the upazila and demanded justice for the murder.
A tense situation was prevailing in the upazila over the Saturday’s clash that left a Jatiyatabi Chattra Dal leader dead and several others injured.
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Molla Md Shaheen, additional superintendent of the district police, said a case was filed on behalf of the police over the attempts to snatch arms from police.
“An investigation was going on to unearth the reason for the murder and the exact reason will be known after getting the autopsy report,” he said.
On Saturday afternoon, the JCD leader was shot to death in a clash between police and the BNP men over the arrest of one of their leaders in the upazila.
The deceased was identified as Nayon Miah, 22, vice president of Sonarampur union parishad unit JCD and son of Rahmat Ullah of Charshibpur under the upazila.
Several people including six policemen and BNP activists were also injured in the clash while two BNP men were detained in this connection.
The BNP men distributed leaflets among general people to woo them to join their Cumilla’s grand rally slated for November 26.
After the publicity, they brought out a procession led by local leader VP Sayeduzzaman from the Molla Bari area and again gathered there after parading several roads.
Meanwhile, a team of police led by the OC took a position in front of the Bari and tried to pick Sayeduzzaman up from the spot while the BNP men were resisting.
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At one stage, the police and the BNP men locked into an altercation which resulted in pelting brickbats and opening several rounds of bullets around 4pm, they claimed.
Nayon fell down after being hit by a bullet and several others also sustained injuries in the attack,
He was first rushed to Bancharampur Upazila Health Complex. Later he was shifted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead on arrival around 7:30pm.