BCL, Sramik League men held on charge of extortion
Ansar members in the bordering Bholaganj area caught three leaders of Chhatra League (BCL) and Sramik League Wednesday for demanding Tk10,000 illegal toll. Later they were handed over to the police.
The arrestees are general secretary of Companiganj upazila BCL Golzar Hossain, BCL activist Abdul Quddus and Sramik League leader Jamshed Miah.
Sources said, Golzar Hossain along with eight others went to the restricted ropeway area of Bangladesh Railway where a few parties were extracting stones violating government ban.
The BCL men allegedly asked the Ansar members for the toll money saying they were allowing the illegal stone collection.
The extortionists were instantly rounded up by the on-duty security men.
The ropeway is used for transporting stones to the railway's concrete slipper plant.
However, the Chhatra League men claimed that they went there to stop the illegal stone extraction. Police said, the matter is under investigation.