14-year-old beaten up by local influentials in Gaibandha
Mass beating has claimed the lives of four people and severely injured one in three districts.
In Jessore, three suspected cattle thieves were lynched by a mob in Prembagh village of Abhaynagar upazila, early on Monday.
Police arrested another suspect, identified as Jony Sheikh, 25, said Jessore Superintendent of Police Muhammad Ashraf Hossain.
The names and addresses of some of the thieves were gathered by questioning him, but no details are being disclosed yet in an ongoing investigation.
Abhaynagar police station OC Tajul Islam said a gang of nine thieves came to Gaidgachi of Jessore sadar around 4am and stole three cows from the house of Khorshed Ali.
Residents of the house shouted for help when they realized their presence.
A nearby mosque made an announcement on the loudspeaker which led the villagers to chase the thieves, the OC said.
Three of the thieves were caught at a rail crossing in Majumdarpara and the others fled.
Two of them died on the spot, beaten by the villagers. Another suspected thief, injured in the mob beating, died while being taken to the local health complex.
In Savar, a mob beat a 40 year old man to death near a bus stop on Sunday evening.
The deceased was identified as Mahfuzur Rahman Mafu, from Shahibagh in Savar.
Savar police officials, quoting local people, said Mafu got into a dispute with miscreants near the Andha market when locals attacked him at about 8:30pm.
Police from Savar Model police station got there and took Mafu to Enam Medical College Hospital, where the on-duty doctors pronounced him dead.
Police took four witnesses into custody for questioning.
Confirming the matter, Savar police OC AF Sayed said: “There were mugging, extortion and drug dealing cases against the deceased. He was from Comilla but lived with his family in Shahibagh.”
Schoolboy brutally tortured on suspicion of theft
A 14-year old schoolboy was brutally beaten, allegedly by some local influential people, in Sundarganj upazila, Gaibandha on Friday, on suspicion of theft.
The victim’s brother filed a case against 14 people on Sunday night. Police have already detained two of them: Aizal Mia and Rana Mia of Dhumaitari village.
Golam Kibria, chairman of Dohbond union in Sundarganj, said: “One of Nazrul Islam Noju’s cows was stolen on Friday and locals apprehended the child with the cow at 11pm from Belka hat of the upazila.
“The matter was solved through local shalish boithak (meeting) and the boy was handed over to his family,” he added.
However, the victim’s brother claimed that on Friday a few of their neighbours falsely accused his brother of stealing a cow. Among them Fazlu, Iajol and Nazmul came to their house and took his brother to Fazlu’s house. They tortured him throughout the night.
They also demanded Tk10,000 from the family. The family could only give Tk3,000, but they did not let him go. Instead, they took him to Afsar Ali’s house on Saturday morning.
There they hanged him upside down and brutally abused him in front of hundreds of people. The child lost consciousness at one point.
The miscreants threatened the family so they kept quiet about the incident. But when a video of the torture went viral the family informed police and local journalists.
Abdullah Zaman, Sundarganj police station OC said, Nazrul Islam Noju owed money to his niece’s husband Abdur Rahim Mia. To repay the money Noju gave away one of his cows to Rahim.
After that the child was falsely accused of stealing the cow and beaten by the locals. Abdullah Zaman said the victim has no connection with Abdur Rahim.
The teenager was admitted to Sundarganj Upazila Health Complex for treatment.