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Scared teen jumps into pond, dies

A teenager died after falling into a pond during a clash between the activists of BNP and Awami League at Mirsarai upazila in Chattogram this evening.

The incident took place at Ajimpur Bazar under Osmanpur union.

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Although police said the deceased, Jahid Hasan Ruman, 16, was a bystander, both BNP and AL leaders of the upazila claimed that he was their supporter and blamed each other for his death.

The clash ensued after BNP activists attacked their AL counterparts in Azimpur Bazar area, claimed Abdul Halim, inspector investigation of Jorarganj Police Station.

After the clash ended, locals rescued Ruman from a nearby pond and took him to Mustan Nagar Health Complex, where the on-duty doctor declared him dead, he added.

"We have heard that Ruman was an epilepsy patient and jumped into the pond out of fear," said the police official.

Meanwhile, AL Mirsarai upazila unit President Jahangir Kabir claimed that Ruman was a supporter of AL and blamed BNP men for his death.

Without provocation, BNP men assaulted AL and BCL activists who were having a casual conversation at the bazaar, he said. "They pushed the boy in the pond," he alleged.

Besides, some six BCL activists were critically injured in the attack, he said.

Contacted, Sayeed Chowdhury, the convener of Mirsarai upazila BNP unit, said BNP arranged a rally near the bazar as part of their preparations for an upcoming road march.

When the activists were returning home after the rally, AL and BCL activists attacked them," he said, adding, "Some 10 BNP activists were injured in the attack."

He too claimed Ruman to be a BNP supporter and alleged AL activists threw him to the pond.

The Daily Star could not contact Ruman's grief stricken family as of filing this report yesterday night.