A man was killed and his wife injured as an alleged drug-addict burglar stabbed them in the port city early yesterday.
The deceased is Nurul Islam, 45, from Feni and the burglar Kamrul Islam, 22, from Munshiganj.
"Kamrul may have entered Nurul's house [in Shantibagh] sometime on Thursday afternoon to steal valuables but lay hidden under Nurul's bed," said Dulal Chandra Banik, sub-inspector of Halishahar Police Station.
It was around 3:00am when Nurul saw the burglar trying to leave the house. Kamrul stabbed Nurul in the stomach when he prevented Kamrul from making a getaway, the SI quoted Nurul's neighbours as saying.
Nurul's wife Tahmina Arzu was hit in the arm when she was trying to help her husband.
The neighbours, hearing screams, came out of their homes and nabbed Kamrul and handed him over to police.
Neighbours rushed Nurul, who was bleeding profusely, and his wife to Chittagong Medical College Hospital around 4:15am when the on-duty doctor declared him dead, said Jahirul Islam, SI of the police outpost at the hospital.
Arzu is undergoing treatment at the hospital and the body has been sent to the hospital morgue for an autopsy, Jahirul added.
A case has been filed with Halishahar Police Station.