Police yesterday claimed to have arrested eight teenage boys in connection with murder of a 16-year-old boy in Dhaka’s Lalbagh area on Saturday.
Most of the arrestees are aged under 17 years, said KM Ashraf Uddin, officer-in-charge of Lalbagh Police Station.
According to the case statement filed over the murder, victim Rony Hasan met some of his friends on Atosh Khana Lane around 9pm on August 31, and locked into an altercation with them over arranging a programme on the occasion of Holy Ashura -- to be observed on September 10.
They started kicking and punching Rony and at one stage, one of them stabbed him in his chest, leaving him critically injured, the police official said.
On information, police rushed to the spot and rescued Rony. He was sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where attending doctors declared him dead later in the day, Ashraf added.
The victim’s father filed a murder case with Lalbagh Police Station on Sunday, in connection with the murder.
Police first arrested the prime accused from Lalbagh area yesterday.
Later, the others were arrested from Keraniganj, Savar, Dohar, and Munshiganj, following information provided by the prime accused.