Two suspected robbers were killed and another was injured in a lynch-mob attack in Shibpur upazila of Narsingdi early Wednesday.
One of the deceased was identified as Sohel Mia, 32, son of Aminul Haque of Kuliarchar upazila in Kishoreganj, while the injured is Manik Mia, 25, son of Abdul Kuddus of Paschim Abdullahpur in the same district.Locals claimed that a gang of bandits, numbering around 15, invaded Joynagar village under Shoshor union around 1:30am and looted valuables, including cash and gold ornaments, from the houses of three siblings -- Harun, Gulzar and Kanchan. When the gangsters were fleeing through neighbouring Murgibed village with the booty, some villagers, who were guarding the village following a rise in robbery in the locality, challenged them, but they tried to flee.
At that time, fellow villagers rushed out of their houses hearing shouts and chased them.
At one stage, the villagers managed to catch three of them around 3:30am and beat them severely, leaving two of them dead on the spot and the other injured.
Confirming the robbery, Molla Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Shibpur Model Police Station, said they recovered the bodies and sent those to Sadar Hospital for autopsy.
They also took Manik to the hospital for treatment under their custody, he said.
The OC said the trio was wanted in several cases filed with different police stations.Locals said a number of robberies took place at different villages under Shoshor union recently, forcing villagers to arrange guarding at night.
They also formed human chains demanding arrest of the robbers, but in vain.
On November 15, robbers stormed the house of valiant freedom fighter Shajahan Mia at Bhangartek village and looted valuables, including Tk 10 lakh in cash, after hacking inmates.
The following day, two robberies were committed -- one at Milon Mia’s house at Murgibed village and the other at an expatriate’s house at Noukaghat village.
Besides, bandits took away cash and other valuables from the houses of Rashid Mir and Monir Mir of Bheramara, Bashu and Mokhter of Gilaber and Kumartek.