An elderly man was beaten to death in Netrakona on Tuesday when his nephews along with other family members of his elder brother allegedly attacked him during an altercation over a piece of land.
The incident took place in Bhawanipur village of Purbodhala upazila.
The deceased, Kutub Uddin, 65, retired as headteacher of a government primary school in the area.
Mohammad Towhidur Rahman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Purbadhala Police Station, said they arrested Tanni Akter, 15, Taslima Akter, 22, and Juena Begum, 65, in this connection the same night.
The deceased’s wife, Anjuara Begum, filed a case with the police station yesterday against 16 people, mentioning Kutub Uddin’s two nephews -- Mozammel Haque, 35, and Azizul Haque, 40 -- and his brother, Mohammad Shamsuddin, 70, as prime accused.
A Netrakona court sent the arrestees to jail after they were produced before it yesterday, the OC said, adding that they were conducting drives to arrest the prime accused and others who fled the area after the incident.
Quoting locals and Kutub Uddin’s family members, OC Towhidur said there had been a long-standing dispute over a piece of land with his brother and nephews.
On the day of the incident, the nephews and their men locked in an altercation with Kutub Uddin over the matter and at one stage, they beat him up with sticks, leaving him injured critically.
He was rushed to Netrakona General Hospital where the doctors pronounced him dead. Police later sent the body to morgue of the hospital for autopsy.