30 hurt in Sylhet clash over possession of water body
27 November 2015, Nirapad News: Thirty people, including 11 policemen, were injured in a clash over taking possession of a water body ‘forcibly’ at Thubri Shilchand in Gowainghat upazila of the district on Thursday.
Witnesses said a group of local influential people, led by one Abdul Monaf, had long been trying to take the possession of the government-owned water body, which is now in use of Manaura Probhati Motshajibi Samabay Samiti Ltd on lease.
Following application of the lease holder, a team of police, on instruction of Upazila Nirbahi Officer Md Salah Uddin, conducted a drive in the area at 12pm to hunt down the alleged grabbers.
At one stage, the grabbers’ men equipped with lethal weapons attacked the law enforcers, leaving 11 policemen injured.
They include Delwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Gowainghat police station.
Police lobbed 14 teargas shells and fired 222 rounds of bullet to bring the situation under control, leaving al least 20 attackers injured.
Injured officer-in charge Delowar Hossain said a case was filed in this connection.