Vol. 4 Num 310 Sun. April 11, 2004  
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100 injured in clashes among villagers in Sylhet

A series of clashes among inhabitants of Boroikandi and Khojarkhola villages on Sylhet city outskirts yesterday left about 100 people injured.

According to sources, Iqbal of Boroikandi village tried to snatch away a case of grape from a fruit seller in nearby Khojarkhola village Friday night. As the fruit seller resisted, Iqbal with some others from his area ransacked the shop later.

Khojarkhola villagers attacked a shop belonging to a rival villager last morning. Armed with firearms and sharp weapons, frenzied villagers swooped on each other in South Surma area in the afternoon, sources added.

At least 20 people received bullet injuries and 80 others were wounded during the row. Of the injured, 50 were admitted to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and one was sent to Dhaka for treatment.

Local police used 48 teargas shells and fired 15 bullets in the air to disperse the fighting groups, another source said.

Hearing the incident, Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran, Sylhet district BNP President MA Haque and top police officials went to the spot and calmed the warring groups of villagers.