A Union Parishad member was shot dead by a group of unidentified miscreants in Noakhali's Hatia upazila early yesterday.
The dead is Rabindra Chandra Das, 48, a member of Char Ishwar Ward-3 and the upazila unit Awami League's executive committee. He was also a candidate for UP election to be held on June 21.
Rabindra was attacked around 2:00am yesterday on the main road of Char Ishwar, said Al Amin, president of the upazila unit Sramik League.
Amin and Rabindra were riding a motorcycle when they were attacked there.
According to Amin, the unidentified group attacked both of them with sharp weapons. They then shot Rabindra.
Nazim Uddin, a doctor of Hatia Upazila Health Complex, said Rabindra succumbed after he was brought to the health complex around 3:10am.
Rashed Uddin, UP member of Char Ishwar Ward-6, said Rabindra had a conflict with the newly-elected Upazila Chairman Abdul Halim Azad.
A total of 11 UP members submitted a written complaint against the chairman recently, he added.
Since then, the chairman had been threatening Rabindra. He was murdered over the rivalry, Rashed claimed.
Contacted, Chairman Abdul Halim denied the allegation, saying that he was in Dhaka.
"My family, party and me are not involved in the murder," he said, adding that a vested quarter was trying to frame him in the case.
Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Hatia Police Station, confirmed the incident, saying that seven people including Rabindra on three motorcycles were returning from Bangabazar area when the incident occurred.
He, however, claimed that Rabindra's six companions fled the scene soon after the incident.
Police recovered the body and sent it to Noakhali General Hospital for autopsy, the OC said.
Mohammad Golam Faruk, senior assistant superintendent of police (Hatia circle), said they would take legal action after Rabindra's family submits a written complaint.
Meanwhile, Abul Khayer, officer-in-charge of Hatia Police Station, said they detained a person named Azad from Gamchhakhali village in this connection.
Police are conducting raids to nab others involved in this incident, he added.