A former leader of Chhatra League was shot due to a dispute over drug sales in Araihajar upazila of Narayanganj. The incident took place in Baliapara area of Brahmandi Union of the upazila on Friday night.
The name of the leader who was shot is Kamrul Hasan alias Tushar. He is the former joint secretary of Brahmandi Union Chhatra League. Kamrul alleged that Sohel Pradhan, a member of Ward No. 3 of Brahmandi Union Parishad and former general secretary of the Ward Awami League, carried out the attack for preventing the sale of drugs. According to the information of the District Narcotics Control Office, Baliapara is one of the places where drugs are sold in the district. Sohel is listed as a drug dealer by the chief police. Earlier, Delwar Hossain, the former general secretary of Upazila Chhatra League, was hacked and injured in the same area on October 2. A case was registered in the police station accusing Sohel Pradhan in that incident. After the case, Sohail Pradhan’s personal office and house were attacked several times. Sohail Pradhan alleged that Kamrul Hasan led the attack. Among them, an attack on Kamrul took place last night.
Kamrul Hasan, who was shot, told Prothom Alo on the phone that his old dispute with Sohail regarding stopping the sale of drugs is ongoing. Last night he and two of his followers were cooking khichuri at the local Awami League office. Then Sohail came to that area with three people on motorcycles. After learning about this, he and his followers tried to escape. Then Sohail and his men fired seven to eight bullets at him from behind. A bullet hit him in the leg. When the locals came out after hearing the gunshots, Sohel fled with his people. According to police sources, former Chhatra League leader Delwar Hossain and Sohel Pradhan are residents of Baliapara area. There has been a long-standing conflict between the two to maintain dominance in the area. Yesterday’s shooting was a continuation of an old feud. Some eyewitnesses said that they saw Sohail Pradhan in the area during the incident. Later they heard several gunshots. Locals recovered three bullet shells from the scene on Saturday morning.
Sohail Pradhan’s statement regarding the complaint was not available as the mobile number was switched off. After the attack on his house on October 25, Sohail told Prothom Alo, ‘Once I was associated with drugs. After becoming a member of UP, we stopped selling drugs in the area. Enraged by this, a party is making false allegations against me and attacking my house. They want to start drug business in the area again.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Araihazar Police Station Ahasan Ullah said that the bullet-hit Chhatra League leader is healthy. He said Kamrul was shot in the leg. After being taken to the hospital, it was found that the bullet had passed through the leg. Additional police have been deployed in the area to keep the situation normal. The police have already launched an operation to recover the weapons.Confrontation over the sale of drugs, two and a half thousand former Chhatra League leader shot
According to the prothomalo