A furniture trader was found murdered near his shop at a fair in Chattogram early yesterday.
The body of Md Jamal (50) bore injury marks on the head and right eye, said police.
His head might have been thrashed with a heavy object, said Patiya Police Station Officer-in-Charge Borhan Uddin.
Jamal, hailing from Narsingdi, set up his makeshift shop at Nalanda in Patiya upazila for the fair that is traditionally held during an urs (a religious programme) at nearby Garibullah Shah Shrine, said the OC.
Yesterday was the urs' last day, which began on February 10. The police officer could not confirm the exact reason behind the murder. "A gang of robbers might have attacked him," said OC Borhan.
There was no sign of ransacking inside the stall. After investigation, it will be cleared whether any money or valuables have been taken away, he said.
The OC said they could not find anyone who was assisting Jamal to run the shop.
Police filed a murder case over the incident and sent the body to Chattogram Medical College morgue for autopsy.