Saturday, August 20

OC dies during Sylhet clash


A police official died of “heart attack” during a clash between two rival groups of CNG-driven auto-rickshaw drivers in Balaganj upazila of Sylhet this afternoon.

Mustafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Osmani Nagar Police Station, died of heart attack when he tried to mediate between the two groups, our Sylhet correspondent reports quoting Sylhet (south) assistant superintendent of police Gopal Chakravarty.

“Doctors of MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital declared OC Mustafiz dead around 3:45pm after he was rushed there in an ailing condition,” the ASP said.

Additional superintendent of police in Sylhet, Neamul Hasan, quoted the on-duty physicians and endorsed that it was heart attack that caused the death of the police OC.

Rival groups of auto-rickshaw drivers clashed at Goalabazar point on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway around 12:30pm over establishing domination in the area, ASP Gopal said.

“After half hour of brick-pelting between the two sides, police from Osmani Nagar station rushed to the spot to bring the situation under control. Teargas canisters were lobbed.”

“At one point, the OC fell ill with severe chest pain. Doctors later declared him dead, from heart attack, at the hospital,” Gopal Chakravarty said.

Locals said, a group of CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers at Goalabazar were demanding a new stand for their vehicles for the past six months.

When local union moved to open a new stand under the banner of ‘Dakshin Goalabazar Sramik Union,’ they faced obstruction from the rival group in charge of the old stand under ‘Goalabazar Auto-Rickshaw Sramik Union’.

Today, those in favour of the new stand blocked Dhaka-Sylhet highway around 10:30am and was later chased away by the rivals after half-an-hour of blockade.

At one point, the two factions locked in a cat-and-mouse chase around 12:30pm, which triggered the course of action leading to the “heart attack” of OC Mustafiz.