A dispute over land has heated up between son of a former minister and a former Chhatra League activist, in the port city.
Sanowara Group managing director Mujibur Rahman, son of former minister for expatriates' welfare Nurul Islam, claimed he bought a piece of land in Chandgaon area next to a school founded by his father.
Meanwhile, Md Shahedul Islam, an officer of Shahjalal Islami Bank Limited, said Mujibur has grabbed their land by attacking and threatening his family members and demanded Tk 2 crore as extortion.
Claiming to be rightful owners of the land, the two parties clashed and filed case and counter case with Chandgaon Police Station last month.
An extortion case was filed against Mujibur and six others while a case was filed against Shahedul and his seven family members over demanding Tk 50 lakh, vandalising and looting "Chittagong Kindergarten and Hazera-Taju School and College", following the land dispute.
Shahedul's uncle filed the extortion case while Md Selim, a security guard of the school, filed the extortion case.
Contacted, Shahedul said their family had around 104-satak (around 62 kathas) of land in Murgir Farm area of Chandgaon's Pathaniy-Goda Bazar Road.
"Mujibur and his associates at different times threatened my family members to leave the property," he alleged.
He also claimed their family filed a case with the civil court but to no avail.
"A few days ago, Mujibur demanded Tk 2 crore to give our land back," said Shahedul.
"On April 19, a group of miscreants under the direction of Mujibur stormed into our land and tried to build a boundary. They also attacked us. Some of my family members including me got injured when we tried to stop them," claimed Shahedul.
He said the case filed against them was false. "Mujibur staged the attack on his school to frame us," he added.
Shahedul also held a press conference over the issue at Chattogram Press Club.
Contacted, Mujibur said, "Their [Shahedul] claims are baseless. We bought the land through proper channel to expand our educational institution."
He did not elaborate what he meant by "proper channel".
"After we bought the land, they [Shahedul's family] started claiming to be its rightful owners, which is a lie," he added.
"Shahedul and his supporters vandalised the school. When we tried to stop them, they attacked my employees. They also filed a false case against me to tarnish my image," he added.
Meanwhile, officials of the school, on behalf of Mujibur, held a press conference yesterday at Chattogram Press Club.
Asked, Deputy Commissioner (north) Mokhlesur Rahman of Chattogram Metropolitan Police said, "It's a disputed land and the matter is now under trial in the court."
"Both groups claim themselves to be the land's rightful owner. On April 19, they locked into a clash in this regard," he added.