AL leader beaten to death in Chittagong over relief distribution

A local Awami League leader was beaten to death by some youths following an altercation reportedly over irregularities in relief distribution at Garduara in Hathazari upazila of Chattogram on Wednesday, reports UNB.

The deceased was identified as Bakhtiar Shikder, 48, general secretary of Garduara union unit Awami League and son of Manir Ahmed.

Lokman, a UP member of ward 7 under Gorduara union, and also the elder brother of the victim, said when Rana, son of Abdul Halim, claimed on Tuesday that the people of his area were not getting relief Bakhtiar opposed it.

Following the disagreement, they locked into an altercation that was broken up by locals.

On Wednesday afternoon, Rana along with three associates swooped on Bakhtier, leaving him critically injured. He died on the way to hospital in the night.

Abdullah AL Masum, additional superintendent of Hathazari Police (Circle), said the Awami League leader was killed in an attack by some youths over a trifling matter. “Police are investigating the incident, he said.

Masud Alam, officer-in-charge of Hathazari Police Station, said the body was sent to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital morgue for autopsy.