A housewife and a land office employee were murdered in separate incidents in Netrakona and Kishoreganj on Friday.
The victim in Netrakona was Sufia Khatun, 40, wife of Shahjahan Mia, a grocer at Kuttakanda village in Kalmakanda upazila.
“There was an altercation over hand shaking between Shahjahan’s nephew Fazlul Haque, 20, a college student, and his neighbour Sharafat Ali, 22, on Thursday,” Kalmakanda Police Station OC (Investigation) Sirajul Islam Khan said, referring to the case statement.
“Locals settled the matter but Sharafat and his men allegedly attacked Shahjahan at his shop in the evening. Shahjahan managed to escape but his wife Sufia and sister-in-law Ruma Akter, 35, who rushed to the spot to save him, were injured critically by the attackers,” he said.
They were taken to Kalmakanda Upazila Health Complex where Sufia died on Friday evening.
“Shahjahan lodged a case with the police station accusing some 20 people, including 14 named ones. Police arrested Johura Khatun and her son Nazim Uddin the same night. They were produced before a Netrakona court this noon [Saturday] and the court sent them to jail,” said the OC.
In Itna upazila of Kishoreganj, a land office employee was killed in a clash centring a football match at Elongjury village on Friday night.
The victim, Meraj Mia, 50, son of late Abdul Jobbar of Elongjury, worked as peon at Elongjury union’s land office, said Itna Police Station OC Mohammad Morshed Zaman.
A clash occurred between the supporters of Elongjury union parishad (UP) Chairman Golap Mia and Sharafat Ali, a UP member, over a football match at Elongjury High School ground on Thursday, the OC quoted locals as saying.
An arbitration was arranged at Elongjury Bazar to settle the matter on Friday morning but Sharafat’s men allegedly assaulted the chairman, creating a tense situation in the area.
Informed, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
Another arbitration was called at Elongjury Bazar in presence of police in the afternoon.
During the arbitration, Meraj, brother of local UP member Siraj Mia, went to buy goods from a shop at the bazar. Finding him alone, alleged supporters of the chairman hacked him with sharp weapons, leaving him critically injured.
He was rushed to Kishoreganj General Hospital where the doctors declared him dead around 9:30pm.
“Four people have been detained for their alleged involvement in the murder. Policemen have been deployed in the area to avert further untoward incident,” said the OC.