Sylhet traders block road as BCL men vandalise shop for extortion

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet

Traders blocked a road in Sylhet city on Sunday in protest at vandalism of a shop by Bangladesh Chhatra League activists after failing to extort money from the owner.
The traders alleged that a leader and his followers of BCL, ruling Awami League-backed student organisation, vandalised the shop of Zakir Ahmad as he declined to give the district BCL’s social welfare secretary Zakaria Mahmud Tk 5 lakh as demanded by him.
Zakir, owner of Al Baraka Telecom at Shahjalal Upa-Shahar in the city, said, ‘Mahmud and his accomplices launched an attack on my shop around 2:00pm as I refused to give them the amount.’
As the news spread in the area, local traders started demonstrating blocking the main road of the Upa-Shahar around
2:30pm in protest at the vandalism and attack on the business.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Zidan Al Musa told New Age that they persuaded the traders to stop demonstrating and withdraw the blockade around 4:00pm after assuring them of arresting the alleged extortionist and BCL leader within five hours.
‘Drives are going on at places in the city to arrest the BCL leader for attacking the business establishment,’ the police officer said.

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