“I am not sure yet why my brother was hacked. However, influential quarters may carry out this attack. The details will be known later," Monirul Islam, younger brother of Tofazzel Hossain, told Prothom Alo.

Wailing Hasibur Rahman, son of Tofazzel Hossain, said “Criminals severed my father's hand. I can’t imagine that my father will no longer be able to do anything with the hand.”

Police and locals said while Tofazzel Hossain was going to Kushtia sadar through the Bongshitala area on Tuesday noon, he came under attack by some criminals. To escape the assault, Tofazzel made a dash to an under construction bridge. But 10-12 criminals hacked him with machetes there, severing his right hand from elbow. At one stage, Tofazzel fell on the ground and the criminals chopped on his back indiscriminately.

Later, the locals rescued him and took to the hospital.

No case has been filed yet over the attack, said police.