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The right hand of a college teacher has been severed from the elbow as a group of miscreants chopped him indiscriminately.

The attack was carried out on Tuesday at around 3:00pm on a bridge at Bongshitala area in Kushtia sadar upazila. The critically injured college teacher was identified as Tofazzel Hossain, an assistant professor of economics department of Bashgram Alauddin Ahmed College in Kumarkhali.

As of writing this report at 8:08pm, the teacher has been undergoing treatment at Kushtia General Hospital. His family said process is underway to take him to Dhaka for advanced treatment.

“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.