The dawn-to-dusk hartal called to protest the killing of two leaders of pro-BNP student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) ended in the district yesterday.
Despite the hartal being in force, all kind of vehicles were on the road while businesses were functional too. No one even brought out any procession or organised meetings during the day.
However, six houses including those of Uijanu Marma -- the alleged mastermind in the killing of two JCD men -- and her relatives were burnt down by the victims' family members and relatives around 10:00am at Sonaichhari village in Betbunia union under Kawkhali upazila.
Paiching Marma, father of deceased Ching Khai Mong Marma, yesterday filed a murder case with Kawkhali Police Station at 4:00pm accusing 21 persons including Uijanu, said Shayamol Kanti Barua, officer in-charge of the station.
Police arrested Uijanu, a wine maker and seller, from her house yesterday. All the other accused are relatives of Uijanu, said Kawkhali police.
“It's [killing] not an incident between the Awami League and the BNP. It was completely a family conflict,” said the OC.
The hartal supporters could not bring out processions in the town as police barred them from doing so, said Abu Sahadat Sayem, president of JCD's district unit.
Paithui Marma, 21, and Ching Khai Mong Marma, 20, were beaten up by Uijanu and her relatives on Sunday night after an altercation over repaying arrears. The duo went to her house to take liquor.
The victims succumbed to their injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital on Tuesday night.
They used to go to the house of Uijanu everyday to take liquor and they had a big outstanding bill to pay back. “The brawl ensued when Uijanu asked them to pay the arrears,” said the OC.