Dhaka – Forty-three people have been arrested in an eastern Bangladeshi district after they allegedly chopped off legs of a man and brought out a “victory” procession along with the amputated limbs, police said on Monday.
The arrests came after the annoying image of the severed legs surfaced on the social media and went viral.
Officer Anisur Rahman said the suspects severed legs of the 45-year old man on Sunday during a clash between two groups of villagers in Krishanagar of Brahmanbaria district, nearly 100 kilometers south-east of the capital Dhaka.
Thirty people were wounded when several hundred men armed with spears, machete, knives swords and sticks attacked their rivals in the village, the officer said.
Members of a group, at one point, cut off the legs of the man belonged to their rival and paraded roads in the locality along with the limbs to announce their victory, Rahman said.
It prompted the other group to announce to decapitate the chief of their rival groups. The groups are reportedly led by Zillur Rahman, chairman of Krishnanagar Union local government unit, and head of the Thanakandi village Abu Kaysar Molla.
Fatalities from medieval-style clashes between rival villagers are frequent in Brahmanbaria district, where in one of the worst communal attacks by Islamists left hundreds of Hindu minorities homeless in 2016.