Three people died after they were stabbed on Wednesday night during an arbitration meeting over stalking a girl in Uttar Islampur of Munshiganj town.
The dead — Emon Pathan, 23, Mahbub Hosen Sakib, 19, and Awlad Hosen Mintu, 47 — were residents of Uttar Islampur.
Emon and Mahbub were HSC students at Government Haraganga College. Awlad contested January 30 Munshiganj municipality polls as an independent ward councillor candidate.
Locals said Awlad called an arbitration meeting on Wednesday night outside his home to settle a feud between two groups of local youths over stalking a girl. More than 20 people joined the meeting around 11:00pm.
At one stage, the group, led by one Sourav, stabbed the three and fled the area.
Locals then rushed Emon to Munshiganj General Hospital where doctors declared him dead around 11:30pm.
Mahbub died of his wounds at Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 12:30am yesterday while Awlad breathed his last at the same hospital around noon.
Superintendent of Munshiganj Police Abdul Momen visited the houses of Emon and Mahbub yesterday. He said three people were detained in the town in connection with the incident.
Awlad was also a member of Mushiganj District Sports Association and treasurer of Mushiganj District Football Association. His elder brother Fazlul Haq Fazal said Awlad might have been killed over election rivalry.
Meanwhile, locals brought out a protest procession carrying Emon’s body in Uttar Islampur area yesterday demanding exemplary punishment for the killers.
Additional policemen were deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.
No case was filed in connection with the incident till filing of this report last night.