A youth was stabbed to death yesterday, allegedly by a group of armed miscreants at Bagmara village in Rupsha upazila of Khulna district.
The deceased was identified as Sarjil Rahman Sangram of the village. He was a computer operator at a shrimp processing factory in the area.
The killing took place in front of a tea stall near Bir Shrestha Ruhul Amin Road of eastern Rupsha at noon, according to two eyewitnesses, who are colleagues of Sangram.
They said the assailants stabbed him in the chest with a “gupti“(a locally-made sharp weapon) outside his workplace. They then quickly boarded a boat on Rupsha river from a nearby ghat, and went towards Khulna, they added.
Locals rushed a critically injured Sangram to Khulna Medical College Hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors around 2:30pm.
Preferring not to be named, the witnesses said they knew the youths, who were local goons involved in extortion and mugging.
Mujibur Rahman, the victim’s father, told The Daily Star, “A few days ago, my son had an argument with Rahat, a youth gang leader, over losing a mobile phone.”
Mujibur, who was with his son when he was being taken to the hospital, said Sangram mentioned names of four assailants to his rescuers before dying -- Rahat, Amit, Saju alias Sadhu and Sohel.
Mollah Zakir Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Rupsha Police Station, said Sangram was hit by a sharp weapon on the left side of his chest.
Police could not immediately ascertain the cause behind the killing.