A Dinajpur court yesterday sent nine people, including a local leader of the ruling Awami League AL), in connection with an extortion case filed on Sunday.
The accused are Kapileshwar Basak, 48, a ward level general secretary of AL, Rahid Hossain, 22, Sadiqul Islam, 23, Md Raihan Dwip, 28, Turja Das, 23, Joy Prokash, 22, Mozammel Haque, 22, Shahin Hossain, 22, and Shahidul Islam, 35.
According to the case filed by Ziaur Rahman with Sadar Police Station, the accused started demanding Tk 10 lakh from him after he took lease of a sand quarry recently.
Ziaur said he invited some people at a programme at the quarry on Sunday where the accused stormed in and assaulted many of his invited guests.
They also snatched over Tk 4 lakh and a mobile phone from him, he said.
Police arrested them from the spot and later produced them before the court that sent them to jail, rejecting their bail prayers.