At least 11 people suffered bullet injuries when two factions of Awami League clashed over a piece of land in Lohagara upazila of Chittagong yesterday.
There has been a longstanding dispute between the groups led by local Awami League leaders Nurul Absar and Salauddin Hiru over a piece of land at Petrol Pump Sishutol area, said locals and police.
Absar is the deputy publication secretary of AL Chittagong unit while Hiru is the general secretary of the party's Lohagara unit.
The clash ensued around 7:00am when Absar's men allegedly attacked Hiru supporters who were trying to build a fence around the piece of land, Md Shahjahan, officer-in-charge of Lohagara Police Station, told The Daily Star yesterday. Both the sides were armed with sharp weapons and firearms, he said, adding that the fighting groups fled the scene when police reached there.
Md Mannan, 20, Enamul Huq, 28, Nurul Alam, 37, Nurul Kabir, 35, Kamal Uddin, 67, Manjhu Begum, 50, Mina Koli, 18, Robin, 18, Mishajur Rahman, 22, Bimol Dey, 40, and Rasheda Begum, 35, were being treated at Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
All of them hail from Rashidar Para and Muhuri Para of Lohagara union.
Hiru claimed that the clash was actually over entirely a different matter. He said Absar's supporters had demanded toll from a local transport company. He claimed that the transport company refused to pay and had sought his help.
Hiru said angered over not getting the money, Absar's men carried out the attack.
Denying the allegation, Absar blamed Hiru for occupying the piece of land.