Asked if he will take legal action, Rajib said, “It’ll only make matters worse for us.”

Rashed Bhuiyan said some 8-10 persons started to beat them up with the wireless sets, without any provocation.

Banglabazar ferry ghat’s workers and witnesses said ferry communication was snapped for an hour on Saturday evening due to inclement weather. Two cars including Nuh Alam Rajib’s one had been waiting for the ferry. Mayor Taposh’s entourage, a total of 35 vehicles including two buses, reached the ferry ghat area at around 7:30pm. Rajib’s car and other one had boarded the ferry at that time which ensued an altercation. The protocol personnel at some point started to beat Rajib and Rashed with their wireless sets.

On duty physician of Islamia Hospital said the victims’ heads and eyes were injured in the beating.

An official of the mayor’s convoy, on condition of anonymity, said the two were not supposed to board the ferry as it was designated for the mayor’s entourage. The passengers of the two cars outside of the convoy were asked politely to get off as two more vehicles of the mayor’s convoy was waiting to get into the ferry. But they branded themselves as Jubo League leader and Gopalganj residents. Annoyed, the ferry workers assaulted them.

He claimed no protocol officials had beaten them.

Ashiqur Rahman, inspector of Banglabazar ferry ghat’s traffic police, said he heard about the incident but does not know much as the victims did not complain to the police.

Mayor Taposh, when contacted for his comment on the matter, did not reply to the call. DSCC’s spokesperson and public relation officer Md Abu Naser was unwilling to comment on the incident.

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