Tied to tree, AL leader beaten up by rivals
A local Awami League (AL) leader was tied to a tree and beaten up in Hayndgaon union of Chattogram's Patiya upazila yesterday afternoon.
Injured Jiten Kanti Guha, a former president of AL's Hayndgaon union unit, was admitted to Chattogram Medical College Hospital following the incident, said police.
The incident occurred over rivalry within the party, according to local AL sources.
Local AL leaders claimed that followers of Hayndgaon Union Parishad Chairman BM Jasim carried out the attack over organising an iftar mahfil in the union.
AKM Samsujjaman Chowdhury, president of AL's Patiya upazila unit, said he heard that Jasim's supporters attacked Jiten after Jummah prayer for not inviting Jasim to the iftar mahfil.
Jiten sustained head injury and his hand was broken, he said.
Jasim denied the allegation of attacking Jiten.
"Why would my followers attack him?" he said. "Locals were angry with Jiten, as he took money from them – pledging to manage houses for them under the prime minister's Ashrayan Project but not following through. That prompted them to attack him."
On information, police rushed to the spot, said Rezaul Karim Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Patiya Police Station. They are looking into the matter.
"Although no case has been filed over the incident yet, we have been conducting drives to arrest the perpetrators," he added.