UP chairman candidate, close aid shot dead in Brahmanbaria

Ershadul Haque

A union parishad chairman candidate and one of his close aides returning home on a bike were shot to death in Natghar village of Nabinagar upazila in Brahmanbaria late on Friday night, reports news agency UNB.

The deceased were identified as Ershadul Haque, 30, son of the incumbent Natghar UP chairman Abul Kashem, and Badal Sarkar, 25, son of a certain Santosh Sarkar of the village. Ershad was supposed to contest the local UP elections.

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.