A bus took turns back as Awami League supporters and local people blockade a road felling tree logs Sunday morning in Dharmagram area of Pabna in protest of killing four Awami League men. Photo: Star
An activist of Awami Shramik League, who was shot by miscreants in Pabna Sadar upazila last night, succumbed this morning raising the death toll from the attack to four.
Rafiqul Islam, 36, breathed his last on way to Dhaka from Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital around 6:00am, reports our Pabna correspondent quoting Akram Hossain, officer-in-charge of Ataikula Police Station.
Protesting the killings, supporters of Awami League along with the locals put barricades at Dharmagram, halting vehicular movement on Dhaka-Pabna highway since morning.
The ruling party workers and activists blocked the highway by parking many buses and putting timbers.
Following the blockade, road communication of Pabna with Dhaka and different other districts including Bogra, Tangail and Sirajganj remains suspended till 11:00am when the report was filed.
Police have so far picked up eight people including six listed criminals in connection with the murder, the OC told The Daily Star.
“We are still conducting a drive in the area to nab the main perpetrators,” he said in the morning.
A gang of armed men shot dead three activists of the Awami League and injured a few others at Pushpapara Bazar of Atailkula last night.
Abdus Salam, 35, Fazlur Rahman, 32, and Sultan Mahmud, 30, died on the spot.
All the four deceased are from Dharmagram village in the upazila.
Local AL leaders have blamed the BNP-Jamaat for the attack.
A ward-level AL meeting was in progress at Pushpapara Bazar when the attack was made. The armed men opened fire on the meeting, killing the three on the spot and wounding some others, said Russell Ali Masud, organising secretary of Pabna Sadar AL, told The Daily Star.
“There is a longstanding feud between the Awami League and the BNP-Jamaat in Pushpapara. The BNP-Jamaat men gunned them down in a planned way,” Masud said.