A 65-year-old woman’s hand was chopped off while she was trying to save her son from his attacker during a clash between two rivalling groups in Dhunat upazila of Bogura on Monday.
Nine other villagers of both the groups were also injured in the incident that took place in Kaiyagari village in the morning.
Sahena Khatun, wife of Kopil Mondol, is now undergoing treatment at Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital in Bogura and her condition is stable now, said a doctor on duty at the hospital.
The elderly woman, lying in her hospital bed, said her son’s attacker, Al-Amin, 35, threw her severed left hand into a pond, from where police later recovered it.
Doctors at the hospital however said it would not be possible to re-attach the severed hand.
Police said they already arrested prime accused Al-Amin and three others -- Biplob, 40, Rani Khatun, 25, and Moyna Begum, 40, of the same village. They also seized the blood-stained sharp weapon (locally known as hasua) that was used in the crime from Al-Amin’s house.
Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dhunat Police Station, said they made the arrests after a case was filed with the police station later that night, accusing 11 named and 8 to 10 unnamed individuals.
The four arrestees were produced before a court yesterday and raids were being conducted to arrest the other accused, he also said.
Locals said the clash erupted on Monday due to an ensuing dispute between the two groups led by Al-Amin and Sahena Khatun’s son younger son Rubel over theft of a solar battery from a local club.
Both Al-Amin and Rubel are members of the club, they added.