Police yesterday arrested two madrasa teachers in Bandarban for beating up a woman and her three children as they denied paying for consuming the madrasa tubewell’s water.
The two arrestees are Alikadom Fazil Madrasa’s Mowlana Mahmudul Karim, 35, and Mawlana Md Alamgir, 33.
Rafiq Ullah, officer-in-charge of Alikadom Police Station, said the victim filed a case against five teachers of the madrasa, including the duo, on Wednesday morning.
Police are conducting drives at different places to arrest three more accused -- Mowlana Samsul Huda, Hafez Siddir Ahmed, and Hafez Aziz Ahmed -- within the shortest possible time, he added.
The victims are Salma Begum, 38, her two sons Alom, 19, and Rafiq, 16, and her daughter Mohima Jannat, 14.
Aminul Islam, resident medical officer at Alikadom Upazila Health Complex, said Salma was critically injured while three other victims sustained minor injuries.
Salma was shifted to Cox’s Bazar Medical College and Hospital, he added. Rafiq, the 16-year-old victim, said although the government set up a tubewell in the madrasa area, locals regularly pay money for consuming water from it.
“If we somehow fail to pay the money, the madrasa authorities do not give us drinking water,” he said, adding that they were beaten up as they protested against the system.
Footage of how the victims were assaulted by the madrasa teachers went viral on social media in last two days.