Two people were killed –one in an attack by robbers and another during a clash with cops over a robbery–at Mostafanagar village of Companiganj upazila in the district on Saturday morning.
The deceased were identified as Jilu Mia, 55, a resident of Mostafanagar village and Mafiz Mia, 50, a resident of Rajnagar village of the same upazila.
Local sources said a gang of robbers broke into the house of Jilu Mia at the dead of night and held hostage its inmates and looted valuables.
At one stage, the robbers stabbed Jilu as the house inmates tried to resist them, leaving him dead on the spot.
Hearing screams of the house inmates, local people rushed in and caught one of the suspected robbers, Sonai Mia while he was trying to flee the scene. His other associates, however, managed to escape.
Later, a clash took place between two groups of villagers around 7.00am over Sonai Mia’s capture in connection with the robbery.
On information, a team of police led by Abdur Rakib, sub-inspector of Companiganj Police Station, around 9.00am.
As the locals turned furious, the law enforcers opened fire, leaving Mafiz Mia dead on the spot and 50 others injured.
The injured were taken to Companiganj upazila health complex.
Officer-in-charge of the police station Altaf Hossain confirmed only Jilu’s death by robbers. “I heard the death of another villager in a clash between cops over the issue,” he said.