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2 BCL, JCD men killed in gunfight over cricket match

Star Online Report

A leader of Bangladesh Chhatra League and an activist of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal were killed in a gunfight between two groups of supporters of a cricket match in Laxmipur Sadar upazila last night.

Four were also hit by bullets during the clash occurred at Hajirpara union in the upazila around 9:00pm yesterday.

The deceased are: Md Abu Noman, 25, BCL vice-president of Chandraganj union; and Jahangir Alam, 28, activist of the JCD union unit.

Of them, Noman was a resident of Dewpara village while Alam, 28, of Pachpara village, reports our Noakhali correspondent.

A cricket tournament was organised between Amani Laxmipur and Bashudauhida villages at Batgachhtala in the union yesterday afternoon.

After the match, supporters of the two cricket teams locked into an altercation over the match in Hajirpara area at night.  

At one stage, both the groups started firing at each other, leaving Noman dead on the spot, police said quoting witnesses

Five people including Alam, Shafikullah and Mamun also received bullets during the clash. Alam succumbed to his injuries on way to a Noakhali hospital around 10:00pm.

Informed by locals, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. Additional police have been deployed in the area to avert further clash.

The bodies of the deceased were sent to Laxmipur Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsy, said Md Iqbal Hossain, officer-in-charge of local police station.

District Superintended of Police Shah Mizan Shafiur Rahman and Additional Superintended of Police Sheikh Shariful Islam also visited the hospital after the incident.

BCL president of Sadar upazila unit Md Maksud Patwary and district BNP organising secretary Hasibur Rahman blamed each other for the incident.

Published: 4:18 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

Last modified: 10:31 pm Monday, May 19, 2014

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