50 injured; 100 shops looted, 200 ransacked | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, October 20, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, October 20, 2009

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50 injured; 100 shops looted, 200 ransacked

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Over 50 people were injured as two groups of villagers clashed after a football match in jaintapur upazila on Monday night.
Locals and police said Mohail XI won Monday's match 1-0 against Challain XI in the Notun Kuri football tournament held at Central Jainta High school ground.
The trouble began at around 7:00pm when some supporters of Challain XI swooped on UP member Zobayer Ahmed of Mohali village near Central Jainta High School.
As the news spread to Darbast Bazar, supporters of both the teams, equipped with lethal weapons, attacked each other, leaving at least 50 from both sides injured.
Locals said at least 200 shops at Darbast Bazar were ransacked during the clash that continued for three hours. Some shop owners alleged that cash and goods from at least 100 shops were looted during the melee.
Of the injured, two were admitted to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, 23 to Jaintapur Upazila Health Complex while the rest given first aid at the health complex.
As the local leaders and Jaintapur police failed to control the clashing villagers, Rab and additional police from Sylhet city reached the scene at around at 10:00pm, dispersed the feuding groups and brought the situation under control.
No case was filed with the police station concerned as of filing of this report at 4:00pm yesterday.
Locals said Monday's incident was a sequel to a long-standing rivalry between the people of the two villages over establishing supremacy in the area.
Upazila administration yesterday suspended the football match for an indefinite period.

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