Chattogram: Police in a drive arrested eight people including a Sramik League leader from Chattogram and Cox’s Bazar in connection with Monday’s double murder in the Port City’s Pahartoli area.
The arrestees were identified as Md Elias, 45, general secretary of Pahartoli unit of Sramik League; Ab-dur Rahim alias Kartik Banik, 29; Raihan Uddin, 19; Biplab Mallik alias Biplab, 28; Rabiul Islam, 20; Shamim, 28; Rabiul Hasan Hridoy, 16; and Sagar Das, 20.
Ali Hossain, deputy commissioner (DB) of Chattogram port zone, said Elias was arrested from Chakaria area of Cox’s Bazar while the others were arrested from different parts of Chattogram.
On Monday, Sirajul Islam Sihab had an altercation with another young man Rabiul Islam while he was chatting with his girlfriend in front of Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium gate in the afternoon.
A scuffle took place between their respective groups. To settle the issue, Elias asked both groups to come to his office at Bitak intersection in Pahartoli area.
When both groups gathered at his office around 8 pm, Elias asked his associates to beat up Sihab’s group.
A chase and counter-chase ensued and at one stage, the supporters of Elias hit two young men Masum and Sajib with sharp weapons, leaving them injured.
Later, they were taken to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital where the doctors declared them dead.
Monir Hossain, brother of Masum, filed a case against 18 people with Pahartoli Police Station.