5 injured, 50 houses vandalised in N'ganj | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 12, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:57 AM, January 12, 2019

Clash Over Cricket

5 injured, 50 houses vandalised in N'ganj

At least five people were injured and around 50 houses were vandalised in a clash between two groups of people, centring a cricket match, in Narayanganj yesterday.

The incident took place at Khagkanda union of Araihazar upazila in the morning.

Police identified two of the injured as Maksuda Begum, 50, and Fahim, 20. Identity of the three others could not be known immediately.

Among the injured, Fahim was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with critical injuries.

According to police and locals, the clash started after the two groups, led by union parishad members of Khagkanda -- Lokman Hossain of ward-5 and Moslem Uddin of ward-4 -- engaged in an altercation during an arbitration around 11am.

The arbitration was held to settle a scuffle over a cricket match between local students on Thursday, they added.

Around noon yesterday, Lokman along with his aides allegedly launched the attack in Champak Nagar area that sparked the clash, said locals. The clash continued for several hours, they added.

Khagkanda Union Parishad Chairman Ariful Islam said around 50 houses were vandalised in Champak Nagar area. The clash also left at least five hurt.

“The situation is under control now. We will lodge a complaint with the local police station soon,” said the union parishad chairman.

Contacted, Moslem Uddin claimed that Lokman and his associates launched the attack as some during the arbitration blamed the students in Lokman's area for starting Thursday's brawl.

“He [Lokman] became infuriated and left the place. Later, he and his cohorts started attacking people and vandalising the houses,” Moslem alleged.

Lokman's phone was found switched off since the incident. This correspondent also managed to get his another number, which was found not working.

Akter Hossain, officer-in-charge of Araihazar Police Station, told The Daily Star that they had to deploy additional forces to bring the situation under control. He said once police receive a complaint, appropriate legal action will be taken in this regard.

The OC also said Lokman is on the run.

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