Armed activists of Jubo League yesterday clobbered a man to death and injured two of his brothers in the capital Thursday night when the three siblings wanted back the money they had lent to a ward-level leader of the ruling party's youth wing.
Gias Uddin Raju, 33, who sustained several wounds to the head, died in hospital around 9:00am yesterday, about nine hours after the attack, led by Saiful Islam Akhter, president of Jubo League's Ward 21 in Dhaka, before the youth organisation's office at Shahbagh.
Saiful owed the deceased Tk 36,000, which he borrowed more than three years back, said Joynal Abedin, 38, the deceased's eldest brother, who suffered minor injuries. The youngest of the three, Adnan Abedin Babu, 30, was hospitalised with bullet injuries to the back, he said.
The three brothers wanted back the money from Saiful so that they could buy medicines for Raju's pregnant wife Rumi, who was admitted to nearby Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Joynal told The Daily Star.
A quarrel broke out between them and Saiful when he was requested to pay back but he refused. At one point, the Jubo League leader called up his men from the ward office at Shahbagh to attack the three.
Joynal said Saiful was a neighbour when he had borrowed the money from the deceased. Their relationship deteriorated since Saiful never repaid, he added.
Shahbagh police last night arrested one suspected attacker, Alamgir Hossain, a Jubo League activist, in the area.
Raju's body was sent to Dhaka Medical College morgue for autopsy.