Some Jubo League men ransacked a police outpost in Mymensingh Town Hall area on Thursday night, about an hour after snatching a criminal from the law enforcers' custody, police said.
Two alleged activists of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League were arrested over the incidents.
A police patrol team caught Apu, a Jubo League activist accused in at least five cases filed with Kotwali Police Station, red-handed when he was vandalising a motorcycle in College Road Railway Crossing area around 11:00pm, said Sub-Inspector Faruque Hossain of the outpost.
Apu was being taken to the outpost. All of a sudden, a group of Jubo League men stopped the team near Gulkibari Graveyard area and snatched him away, he said.
About an hour later, Hazrat Ali, owner of the bike, went to the outpost to lodge a complaint. However, a group of Jubo League men, led by Mymensingh city Jubo League member Moniruzzaman Rony, went there and tried to snatch away Hazrat too, Faruque said.
As police tried to stop them, an altercation broke out. At one point, the Jubo League men ransacked the outpost and left.
The law enforcers, however, managed to arrest one of the activists, Shanto. Another one, Sajjad Hossain, was arrested in a drive later, said the SI.
Seven policemen, including Faruque, were hurt in the incident. They were given first aid at Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.
Police filed three cases, including two under the Speedy Trial Act, against Shanto, Sajjad, Rony, Apu and 16 other Jubo League men with the Kotwali Police Station over the incidents, said Officer-in-Charge Kamrul Islam of the police station.
“We are raiding different places to arrest all the accused,” he said, adding that the arrestees were being interrogated.
This correspondent could not reach any one of the top leaders of the city Jubo League for comments.
Moazzem Hossain Babul, secretary of Mymensingh AL, said they heard about the incident. “We don't support such criminal activities. If anyone is involved in the incident, he must be punished.”