People blocked Nilphamari-Jaldhaka road for three and a half hours on Wednesday night demanding arrest of Abdul Wahed Bahadur, former president of the dissolved committee of upazila Jubo League, who manhandled local lawmaker Prof Golam Mostofa at a function marking the National Mourning Day.
Golam Mostofa, ruling Awami League (AL) lawmaker from Nilphamari-3 constituency (Jaldhaka), was delivering speech on the life of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the function around 8:45pm when Bahadur and some of his followers hurled abuses at the lawmaker, said Abdul Gaffar, an organiser of the function arranged by Sammilita Sangskritik Jote at Zero Point of the town.
“When the lawmaker was leaving the venue, Bahadur's followers manhandled him. They fled away as the locals chased them,” he said.
A large number of people along with the lawmaker blocked the road near Zero Point at 9:00pm demanding arrest of Bahadur and his accomplices, said Abdul Mannan, former president of Jaldhaka upazila Awami League.
Several hundred vehicles got stranded at both sides of the road.
“Bahadur attacked me as I didn't allow him to realize his vested interest. Earlier I had lodged a few general diaries seeking safety from Bahadur but local police did not take any action,” the lawmaker said during the blockade.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Uttam Kumar and Assistant Superintendent of Police Ruhul Amin made failed attempts to persuade the agitators to free the road.
The blockade was withdrawn at 12:30am as AL's central committee Joint Secretary Jajhangir Kabir Nanak told over cell phone that action would be taken against the accused.
This correspondent could not talk to Bahadur as he went into hiding.