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By Our Correspondent | TNT News

Tura, Jan 23,2018: In an incident that took place yesterday a youth was brutally murdered in Rajabala,West Garo Hills. The incident took place at around 7pm last night and the cause of the murder was sparked by a case of rivalry.

Villagers are furious over this incident and have come out in protest against the accused and have demanded the strictest of punishment

According to police sources, Abdur Rahim Ali (29) was attacked with a sword by one Abu Taher (Ata) which led to Rahim dying from the injuries, while another person, Anarul Islam sustaining serious injury and rushed to the nearby Hatsingmiari hospital. His situation is said to be critical.

The accused managed to escape after the incident which took place in the heart of the market.

Sources further informed that the murder was a personal tiff between the accused and the victim on the question of the victim’s sister.

“The accused Abu Taher was in love with the girl though she did not reciprocate his feelings. In 2016 he kidnapped the girl when she was returning home after which a case was filed. The girl was later returned to her family,” said one of the villagers who knew both the victim and the accused.

Both Ali and Taher belonged to the same village of Nambala in Haripur under Phulbari PS.

“He was angry after the girl was married off to another person last year. Last evening he tried to instigate people against Ali and his family after which an altercation took place. Later he came back with a dagger and stabbed the two victims,” said the villager.

The incident has sparked wide condemnation with shops being shut down in protest and a rally by residents taking place.

“The matter was personal enmity between the two which led to the murder. A case has been registered and we are doing our best to nab the culprit,” said superintendent of police, WGH, Dr MGR Kumar.

Police also ruled out any political link to the murder.

“This is a very condemnable act and needs to be acted on immediately. We demand the strictest punishment to the culprit for daring to take an innocent life in such a gruesome manner. We demand the death sentence to the criminal,” said activist, Mostapha Kabir.

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