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30 houses vandalised
Magura clash leaves 15 injured, villagers flee homes
Our Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-10-13,  Publish Time : 17:18,  View Count : 13
MAGURA: A violent clash between two rival groups of villagers left minimum 15 people injured at village Bororia of Mohammadpur upazila in the district on Monday morning.

The condition of six of the injured were stated to be critical by doctors.

They were indentified as Lal Mia, 48, Abdus Samad, 32, Israfil Hossain, 35, Ramjan Ali, 27,  Dolar Biswas, 28 and Iqbal Mia, 30 were admitted to Mohammadpur Upazila Health Complex while others took treatment from there and different clinics.

The attackers also vandalised some 30 houses during the clash.

During a visit to the village, about 20 kilometers off from Magura district town, this correspondent found wreckage of at least 30 houses while many panic-stricken villagers fled their homes fearing further clashes and police harassment.

A very tense situation is now prevailing in the village.

Sources said the clash ensued in the wake of a longstanding rivalry to establish supremacy in the area between Kazi Afzal Hossain and Shahjahan Sardar groups of village Bororia.

On Sunday noon, supporters of Shajahan Sardar suddenly attacked 12 family members of Kazi Afzal with sharp weapons leaving seven of them critically injured. They again launched another attack at about 8am Monday, leaving another 15 people including six of them critically injured.

Witnesses said both the groups used lethal weapons during the clash. At one stage, both sides went on rampage in the village that continued till 9am.

Police quoting locals said supporters of both groups, being equipped with lethal weapons, swooped on the houses of their rivals and looted valuables as well as foodgrains.

At least 30 houses, motorbikes, televisions and other electronic goods were completely destroyed during the attacks and counter-attacks.

On information, police from Mohammadpur Police Station reached the place of occurence and brought the situation under control after firing six rounds of blank shot and lobbing four rounds of teargas shells, police said.

Magura's Additional Superintendent of Police Mizanur Rahman visited the spot and talked to the affected villagers.

No case was lodged till filing this report at 4pm.         

When contacted, Officer-in-Charge of Mohammadpur Police Station Matiur Rahman said police were deployed at the village to avert any untoward incident. He also said proper action would be taken against the culprits.


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