Two killed in clashes over Mosque in Habiganj
August 12th, 2017 at 3:10 pm
Two killed in clashes over Mosque in Habiganj

Dhaka – Two people have been killed and many others injured as residents clashed over establishing supremacy in a committee to lead a mosque located in the north-eastern Bangladeshi district of Habiganj, police said on Saturday.

The clash turned fatal on Saturday, a day after rival groups had a series of scuffles over dismissal of the Imam of the mosque after Friday prayers, as they regrouped and faced each other with stones, sticks and spears at Mugkandi village of Bahubal sub-district in the morning.

Witnesses said the Saturday’s clash left more than 100 people injured. Two of them identified as Matin Miah (50) and Kabir Miah died on the way to hospital.

Referring to local residents, officer-in-charge of Bahubal Police Station Mazharul Haque said two groups of villagers had disputes over the managing committee of the Mugkandi Jamay Mosque and its Imam.

The dispute turned violent of Saturday.

The bodies were sent to morgue for autopsy, the officer said adding that the situation was now under control.

Muslim-majority Bangladesh has more than 250,000 mosques across the country, according to a 2011 estimate by the Religious Affairs Ministry.