The male residents of Ruhitonsree village in Habiganj’s Lakhai upazila are passing days amid fear of arrest as police filed a case against 2,000 unnamed locals on charge of assaulting the police during Friday’s clash that left one killed and 20 others injured.
“A large number of male villagers left the area by launch in fear of arrest,” said Mosabbir Miah, a resident of Ruhitonsree village.
“We are in fear of arrest as the accused are unnamed,” said Moinul Islam, another local.
Sub-inspector (SI) Shafiqur Rahman on Saturday night filed the case against 2,000 people on charge of assaulting police.
Meanwhile, police on Friday night detained 33 people for interrogation and raided several places in the area on Saturday.
Emran Hossain, officer in charge (OC) of Lakhai Police Station, said, “Shafiqur filed the case as cops were injured in the clash. Drives are on to arrest the attackers.”
“There is nothing to be afraid of as only the guilty people will face action after investigation. Now the situation in the area is calm. Still no case was filed in the killings issue from victim family,” he said.
Several women of Ruhitonsree village said their husbands have fled in fear of arrest as the police raided the area several times.
Seeking anonymity, a woman said, “Some Awami League men said my husband’s name will not be included in the list of the accused if we give them money.”
Zahirul Islam, 35, son of Samad Mia, was killed and 20 others, including a police constable, were injured in a clash between two rival groups over a land dispute at Ruhitonsree village in Habiganj’s Lakhai upazila on Friday night.
On information, police rushed to the spot and fired 18 rubber bullets and 13 teargas shells to bring the situation under control, said the OC.