Twenty-five people have been murdered in different incidents in Joypurhat district in eight months (December 21, 2013 to August 23 this year), according to cases filed with the police stations.
Of them, six were murdered in December last year, two in January, three in February, four in April, four in July, three until August 23, while one each was murdered in March, May, and June.
AK Azad, a night guard of a private firm was stabbed to death by a gang of criminals in Joypurhat town in December 21. The gang took away Tk 65 lakh from him. Criminals shot dead one Hasibul Islam in December 25 and strangled a woman named Rabeya Bewa in Bagichapara area under Joypurhat municipality on December 26.
Three youths were murdered at Borail village in Panchbibi upazila on December 30. Police recovered their bodies with throats slit the same day. An alleged robber was shot dead by police in the upazila on December 31.
Soma Rani, a housewife of Bhadrakali village in Akkelpur upazila was beaten to death allegedly by in-laws on January 1 and Hasan Ali, a hardware trader, was murdered by a gang in Sadar upazila on January 27.
A 16-year-old girl was murdered in Akkelpur upazila on February 21. Two people--Md Jewel and Md Anisur Rahman--were murdered in Akkelpur and Panchbibi upazilas on the day.
A youth was stabbed to death by an unidentified gang in Joypurhat town on April 3. The victim was identified as Uzzal, 27. Md Palson, 30, was shot dead by a gang near Joypurhat Railway Station on April 5 and Md Rabiul Islam, 42, was beaten to death dead in the town on April 18.
On May 9, Joypurhat police recovered the body of a housewife in the town, The victim, Suborna, was abducted from Dhaka. Sohel Rana of Gopinathpur village under Akkelpur upazila was murdered the same day.
Two youths were murdered by unknown criminals in Sadar upazila on June 5, and July 13. The victims were identified as Md Sabuj and Mamunur Rashid. Sabuj was stabbed to death while Mamun was shot dead.
On July 31, villagers beat an alleged mugger dead at Hatshahar village in Sadar upazila while police recovered the body of a youth from the same village on the day.
Three people were murdered in Sadar upazila from August 4 to 23. The victims are Md Arafat Hossain, 22, Md Abdul Wahab, 60, and Sunil Mahanto, 45. Arafat's body was found with throat slit, Wahab was stabbed to death while Sunil, who sustained injuries by his rivals over a land dispute on July 29, died at hospital on Saturaday.
Police said at least 245 people were sued in the murder cases and law enforcers have so far arrested 20 of them.
Contacted, ASP Biman Karmaker of Joypurhat said drives are on to arrest the rest of the accused in the murder cases.