One held over stone workers, police clash | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 29, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, January 29, 2020

One held over stone workers, police clash

Police arrested a man from Panchagarh’s Tentulia upazila yesterday in connection with the cases filed for Sunday’s clash between stone extraction workers and law enforcers.

Officer in Charge (OC) of Tentulia Police Station Jahirul Islam said they arrested Rafiqul Islam, 48, son of Safiz Uddin, from Bhajanpur area during an overnight drive.

Earlier, two separate cases were filed with Tentulia Police Station, the OC said. He, however, did not disclosed the names of the accused for the sake of fair investigation.

Of the two cases, one was filed over the murder of a stone quarry worker and the other for attacking the law enforcers, vandalising a police vehicle, obstructing police and destroying public properties.

Following the filing of the cases, many workers have fled their homes in fear of arrest, villagers said.

Earlier, a stone extraction worker was killed and at least 20 others were injured in clashes between workers and police in Bhajanpur area.

The deceased, Jumar Uddin, 60, suffered excessive bleeding and there were multiple holes in his body, doctors said.

The clashes erupted when the workers, demanding permission for extracting stones from underground, blocked Panchagarh-Banglabandha highway on Sunday morning.

About six months ago, local administration banned stone extraction from the area to prevent potential landslides.

The agitated workers vandalised three police vehicles and also hurled brickbats at policemen during the clash.

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