SSC examinee shot dead in Gopalganj clash

Gopalganj Correspondent

A Secondary School Certificate (SSC) examinee was shot dead during a clash between two groups of villagers over establishing supremacy at Bangram East para in the Sadar upazila on Thursday.

The deceased was identified as Rony Hawlader, a student of Balakair Azharia High School and son of Anwar Hawladar of the village. Officer-In-Charge of Sadar Police Station, Manirul Islam said Notun Sheikh and Rahim Mollah had been at loggerheads for a long time over control of the area.

Several days ago, Rahim and Bhulu Molla beat up Sheikh. Sheikh retaliated and beat up Rahim on Thursday morning, which led to a clash between their supporters who fought a pitched battle. Witnesses said the rival groups exchanged gunshots during the melee that started around 9am.

Rony, a supporter of Sheikh, was killed on the spot and ten others were injured. The injured were taken to a local hospital. Additional police have been deployed in the area to avert further trouble.