Police station besieged to free arrestees

Locals block Rajshahi-Naogaon road near Baya Bazar police camp under Shah Mokhdum Police Station in Rajshahi city yesterday protesting arrest of the brother and two sons of Ekram Hossain, 35, who was killed over a land dispute on Wednesday. Later the three arrestees were freed on bail from a Rajshahi court. Photo: STARStaff Correspondent, Rajshahi

Hundreds of people laid a siege to Baya Bazar police outpost and blocked Rajshahi-Naogaon Road under Shah Makhdum police station in the city for five hours yesterday protesting arrest of three family members of a local who was killed over a land dispute.

Angry locals put up barricade by placing the body of Ekram Hossain, 35, of Baliadanga village and logs at different points on the road at around 8am.

Women protesters sat on the road in front of the police outpost while their male counterparts held processions demanding release of the three family members of Ekram.

As police asked them to free the road, the protestors pelted brickbats on the police. They withdrew at around 1pm when senior police officials rushed to the scene and assured them of releasing the three.

Later a Rajshahi court freed the three on bail at around 3pm and Ekram’s body was buried in the evening.

According to police, Ekram’s neighbour Deen Mohammad along with his goons mercilessly beat him up on Wednesday morning over a piece of disputed land. Ekram succumbed to his injuries at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital at around 2pm.

The same night, Nazrul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shah Makhdum police station called the family members of the victim for filing a case while police arrested Ekram’s brother Aslam and two sons — Sohel Rana and Shamim, Ekram’s family members alleged.

They also alleged that the OC ordered the arrest of the three taking bribe from their opponents.

OC Nazrul however denied allegations. He said that police arrested the three persons under Section 54 as tension was brewing in the area following the murder.

He said police also arrested Deen Mohammad’s wife Sahara Khatun and sister-in-law Joynab Khatun in connection with the murder.

Ekram’s sister Salma said, they sold two decimals of land at Baliadanga to Deen Mohammad 20 years ago.

“The dispute began in December last year when he (Deen) claimed ownership of another two decimals adjacent to the sold out land,” she said.

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