15 villagers wounded in clash over land in Kurigram

At least 15 villagers including three women were injured in a fight centring a land dispute in Sadar upazila of the district Monday, police said.


The injured were identified as Yakub, 30, Ershad, 28, Hossain Ali, 65, Ismail, 37, Nur Nabi, 70, Abdul Jalil, 43, Abdul Khalil, 42, Shafiqul, 35, Jasim, 23, Sahida Begum, 60, Khoteja, 60, Hafsa, 26, Khadem Ali, 70, Meher Ali, 42 and Abu Sufian, 28.


Three of them were admitted at Rangpur Medical College Hospital for better treatment while the rest were being treated at Kurigram General Hospital.


Locals said there had long been a dispute over the ownership of a piece of land between two people—Khadem Ali and Nur Nabi in the Masterrerhat area.


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An altercation broke out when Nabi barred Khadem Ali from planting paddy saplings on the disputed land on Monday morning.


At one stage of the altercation, supporters from the both sides engaged in a clash with lethal weapons and sticks leaving at least 15 people critically wounded.


Khan Md Shahriar, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said the dispute between the groups over the land has been going on for one and a half decades.


Though the groups are called to the police station to settle from time to time, one or other of the groups always remains missing, he said, adding that no one has so far lodged a complaint in connection with Monday’s clash.


Legal actions will be taken against the accused once complaints are placed, the OC added.


Source: United News of Bangladesh