20 injured as villagers clash

At least 20 people were injured in a clash between two groups of villagers allegedly over grabbing of a Eidgah land in Rajbari’s Baliakandi upazila yesterday.

Of the injured, 15 are undergoing treatment at Baliakandi Upazila Health Complex while five others took primary treatment, Senior Stuff Nurse Rabeya Khatun said.

Locals said there had been a longstanding feud between one Barek Biswas and Abdul Hai Mandal of Chasabila village under Narua union over grabbing of a portion of Chasabila Eidgah.

Besides, Chasabila Eidgah was built on 44 decimals of land, donated by Barek’s grandfather long ago.

Of the 44 decimals, Hai forcibly occupied three decimals of land adjacent to his house.

On Saturday afternoon, Barek and Hai locked into an altercation over the issue.

As a sequel to the conflict, supporters of Barek and Hai equipped with lethal weapons attacked each other around 7:00am yesterday.

The hour long clash left at least 20 people from both sides injured.

Contacted, Barek said Hai have forcibly occupied the Eidgah land years ago and when villagers want him to free the land he denied to do so.

Meanwhile, Hai said villagers orally gave me the three 3 decimals of the Eidgah land in exchange of his seven decimals of land about 27 years ago.

Now Barek along with some of the villages want the land back which triggered the clash, he added.

Tarekuzzaman, OC of Baliakandi Police Station said, being informed, they went to the spot and brought the situation under control.

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