13 women sent to jail on charge of killing 2 villagers in Habiganj

Staff Correspondent . Sylhet

Madhabpur police in Habiganj district arrested 13 women at Khatura village on early hours of Thursday for their alleged involvement in a deadly clash on Wednesday that left two people dead and 30 injured.
The deceased were identified as Rokeya Begum, 20, daughter of Rais Ali, and Jalil Miah, 30, son of Saju Miah, of Khatura village of Madhabpur upazila, police said.
Local people said there had been a long enmity between Khalilur Rahman alias Chhota Miah, also a member of a local union council, and Fazal Miah of the Khatura village over ownership of a piece of disputed land.
Centring the possession of the land, they engaged on and off in clashes. On Sunday they locked their horns where 25 to 30 villagers were injured.
As a sequel, the supporters of Chhota Miah and Fazal started gathering around 7:30 in the evening of Wednesday. They armed themselves with locally made lethal weapons. The clash broke around 8:00pm.
Rokeya died on the spot while Jalil died on his way to Madhabpur upazila health complex, local people said. Some 30 people were injured.
The seriously injured people were sent to the Sylhet Osmani Medical College and Hospital and the rests were admitted to the local health complex after the fight, they said.
The officer-in-charge of Madhabpur police, Molla Monir Hossain, confirmed New Age of the death of two villagers. He said the dead bodies were sent to the Habiganj Sadar Adhunik Hospital for post-mortem examinations.
‘Thirteen women were detained for their involvement in the clash and they were produced before a magistrate court in the afternoon after showing them arrested in the case. The court ordered to send them to jail,’ he said.
Monir said most of the male inhabitants fled the village of Khatura immediate after the death of the two people to escape arrest.
‘A preparation to file two separate cases with the police by the rival groups was going on,’ the police officer said on Thursday afternoon.

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