Traders of Dimla upazila kept their shutters down yesterday, demanding security of two fellows as members of Mujib Smrity Sangsad, a pro ruling party organisation, threatened them with dire consequence for informing the local lawmaker about extortion by their president.
On Saturday, lawmaker Aftabuddin Sarker detained Saidul Islam, president of the Sangsad, and his aide Rabiul Islam and handed them over to police following complaints filed by traders Akbar Ali, owner of a motorcycle showroom, and Golam Hakkani.
Police and locals said Saidul Islam had been demanding illegal toll from the traders at Dimla Bazar in the upazila for the last several days.
Saidul on Saturday noon wanted to buy a motorbike on loan but trader Akbar Ali refused. Angered by this, Saidul Islam and his accomplices beat him up mercilessly.
Earlier on Friday, Saidul and his men beat up another trader Golam Hakkani as he refused to pay money.
Being informed, the lawmaker along with some AL leaders went to the organisation, caught Saidul Islam and Rabiul Islam and handed them over to police.
As the news of arrest spread, members of Mujib Smrity Sangsad besieged the local police station, demanding immediate release of their president. They also threatened the two traders with dire consequences.
Officer in-charge of Dimla police station Shawkat Ali said the arrestees were sent to jail in a case filed on April 26 on charge of assaulting police and trying to snatch arms.