Molla Mohammad Shaheen, additional superintendent of police in Brahmanbaria, told the news agency on Saturday that the two young men were returning to their homes on Friday night after attending a programme when they were stopped by the assailants.

“Following a heated exchange of words, the assailants shot the two, leaving Badal dead on the spot and Ershad critically injured. Ershad succumbed to his injuries on the way to Dhaka for advanced treatment,” he added.

“Police are trying to arrest the perpetrators of the killings. The motive behind the killings is not clear yet,” the additional SP said.