Two schoolboys were allegedly assaulted by a landlord in Subarnachar upazila yesterday over suspicion of stealing pigeons.
Police picked up Jashim Uddin, 48, owner of Bilash Tower in Khasherhat area of the upazila, from the building for interrogation.
Victims Srabon Das and Pranta Das, eighth graders at Khasherhat High School, were undergoing treatment at the upazila health complex.
Hafez Ahmed, assistant head teacher of the school, said the duo along with two other students went to a commercial bank at Bilash Tower around 10:00am to pay an electricity bill.
After paying the bill, the students went to the roof of the building to visit a pigeon farm owned by Jashim. At one stage, Jashim caught Srabon and Pranta. However, two others managed to flee, said the teacher.
Hafez alleged that Jashim tied the two to a pillar and beat them up brutally. The other two students went to their school and informed teachers about the matter.
Hearing the news, students of the school brought out a protest procession and laid siege to the building.
On information, police rushed to the scene, picked up Jashim and brought the situation under control, said Md Shahed Uddin, officer-in-charge of Char Jabbar Police Station.
The OC said they would record a case in this connection if anyone filed a written complaint.