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One killed, 50 injured over religious congregation

WT24 Desk

A madrasa student was killed and at least 50 people were injured in a clash between Sunni and Wahabi followers over a religious congregation in Dorboste area of Jaintiapur upazila on Monday night, Agencies report.

The deceased was identified as Mozammel Hossain, a student of Dawrae Hadith (Title) of Haripur Bazar Madrasa of the area and a resident of Borogochha village in Gowainghat upazila of the district.

Khan Mohammad Moinul Zakir, officer-in-charge of Jaintiapur Police Station, said two groups of religious ideologies locked into clashes over a congregation around 11pm, leaving Mozammel dead on the spot and 50 others injured.

Locals said the clash ensued when Wahabi followers reportedly made attack on the religious congregation arranged by Sunni followers. Later, the sporadic clashes continued between the two groups till early Tuesday, locals added.

The people of two groups also carried out vandalism and set fire to at least 40 houses of Kathalbari, Aambari and Jhingabari villages of the area, added the OC.

The agitated people who joined congregation also blocked Sylhet-Tamabil road for four hours, creating huge traffic jam on both sides of the busy road.

On information, police rushed to the spot and took the situation under control around 2am, the OC said. Of the injured, 20 were admitted to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and the rest of them to local clinics.

Additional law enforcers were deployed in the area to fend off further trouble as tense situation was prevailing following the clash.

The body was sent to hospital morgue for autopsy. Deputy Commissioner Rahat Anawar and higher officials of district administration visited the spot in the morning.

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