A student was hacked to death allegedly by some associates of a lawmaker during clashes between rival groups over a land dispute in the capital’s Pallabi area on Thursday afternoon. The deceased, Abdur Rahman Chanchal, was a student of Mirpur’s Bangabandhu College.
Locals said that the clashes broke out in the ceramic factory area at Pallabi between two groups of local gangsters when one group tried to instal a signboard on the land. Chanchal came under attack allegedly from associates of MA Awal, lawmaker of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation for Lakshmipur 1 constituency, during the clashes over the disputed land measuring around 120 bigha, said locals.
Family said that Chanchal was a bystander who was caught in between the feuding sides. As he ran for safety, one group mistook him for a man of the other group and hacked him indiscriminately, said his mother Saleha Begum. He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead. At least six more people on both sides were injured, said police. Three of them – Shahin Uddin, 30, Rajib Hossain, 28, and Mohammad Ali, 25 – were taken to DMCH with stab injuries.
Lawmaker Awal claimed that he had purchased the land 10 years back adding that his men came under attack from a local group when they went there to take possession of the land. Dhaka Metropolitan Police Pallabi zone assistant commissioner Kamal Hossain said that rivalries between local terrors Momen Bakhs and Shahin Uddin Shahin had led to the clashes. The lawmaker, owner of Havely Properties on the 120 bigha land at Ali Nagar, said that Momen Baksh was his contractor.
The area Ansar commander Didar Hossain said that Momen’s men had attacked Shahin’s men with machetes and sticks.
Locals said the two groups had long dispute over establishing dominance over the area with the lawmaker leading one group. They often exchanged fire and clashed terrorising locals. AC Kamal said that the police were questioning some of the injured who were undergoing treatment in DMCH and would take some them in custody, if necessary.
No case so far was filed and postmortem examination of the body was yet to be done.