Two students died of their injuries at Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital last evening, around half an hour after they were hacked allegedly by some rival Chhatra League men on Moulvibazar Government High School ground.
The dead, Shahbab Rahman, 23, was from Hospital Road in Moulvibazar town and Mahi Ahmed, 18, was from Durlobpur village in Moulvibazar Sadar upazila.
Shahbab was a student of Moulvibazar Government College and Mahi was an SSC candidate of the school.
Police said an altercation broke out between supporters of two BCL factions on the school ground around 7:00pm. At one stage, Shahbab and Mahi were hacked by rival Chhatra League men with sharp weapons.
Locals rushed the two to Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital, where doctors pronounced them dead.
Moulvibazar district BCL claimed that the dead were not its activists.
Ashaduzzaman Rony, president of Moulvibazar district BCL, said there was a rivalry between BCL factions, led by district Jubo League General Secretary Rezaul Karim Sumon and another Jubo League leader Sheikh Rumel.
An altercation broke out between supporters of the two factions yesterday which led to the killings, he added.
Interestingly, both the BCL factions are blessed by Moulvibazar Municipality Mayor Md Fozlur Rahman, also former president of district Jubo League, said Chhatra League sources.
Sohel Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Moulvibazar Police Station, said the bodies were sent to Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital morgue for autopsies.
He said police were carrying out drives to arrest the culprits.
Despite repeated attempts for comment, the Moulvibazar municipality mayor didn't pick up the call.