A 16-year-old schoolboy named Sumel Mia was shot dead in a clash between two groups over land in Sylhet’s Bishwanath upazila. He is the son of Abdul Manik of Chaitan Nagar village of the upazila and a class X student of local Shahjalal Ghagutia High School. The incident took place on Saturday (May 1) afternoon between Saiful Alam and Nazir Uddin of Chaitan Nagar village in Daulatpur union of the upazila. Sumel’s father Abdul Manik, 50, uncle Monir Mia, 45, and cousin Saleh Ahmed, 30, were seriously injured in the shooting. Three of them have been admitted to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital.
According to local sources, Saiful Alam’s men forcibly started digging soil from Nazir Uddin’s agricultural land to fill the ‘Chaitannagar-Islampur-Tukerbazar road’ of the upazila around 4pm on Saturday. At that time, when Nazir Uddin’s people interfered, the quarrel started. At one stage of the clash, Saiful Alam shot him with a gun and a pistol. Sumel, his father, uncle and cousin were shot dead. Later, they were taken to Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital in the evening and the on-duty doctor declared Sumel dead.
Saiful Alam has been absconding since the incident. Additional Superintendent of Police Rafiqul Islam of Osmani Nagar Circle, Police Station OC Shamim Musa and Investigation OC Rama Prasad Chakraborty visited the spot in the evening.
Bishwanath Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Shamim Musa said the situation was calm at present. Police have been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. Four people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the incident and operations are on to nab the rest, he said.
Meanwhile, a sweet potato weighing 12 kg has been harvested on agricultural land in Sonargaon of Narayanganj. Seeing the large size of potatoes has created a stir among the common people in the area. The incident took place at Bhatiband village of Pirojpur union in Sonargaon upazila.
According to the Sonargaon Upazila Agriculture Office, Syed Alam, a farmer from Bhatiband area of the upazila, planted sweet potato vines of ‘Kamala Sundari’ variety on 10 percent of his land. Within 6/7 months of planting the potato vine, a sweet potato weighing about 12 kg has been harvested in his planted land. Every day people from far and wide come to Alam’s house to see the 12 kg potatoes.
Farmer Syed Alam said, after filling 10 percent of the land to build a house, I planted potatoes on that land on the advice of the agriculture office. When I went to dig the soil to pick potatoes from the land, at first glance I did not realize that it was a sweet potato. Later, after removing the soil from around the potatoes with enthusiasm, my eyes became watery. I keep screaming with joy.
At this time, everyone in the family came forward and showed the potato to everyone. Later I went to the shop and saw that the weight of the potato was 11 kg 935 grams. At the moment the news spread, everyone came to my house to see the potatoes. Later I found out that my land has yielded the heaviest sweet potato in the world. I am happy about this.
Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer working in Pirojpur Union. Jasmine Akhter said, “I got this new variety of potato called Kamala Sundari from my office two years ago.” Since there is sandy loam soil in Syed Alam’s land, I suggest him to plant some vines. The new variety of potato has yielded as expected.
Deputy Assistant Agriculture Officer. Tofail Ahmed said the Guinness Book of World Records lists a potato weighing 9 kg. The sweet potato of Syed Alam, a farmer from Sonargaon, weighs about 12 kg. The weight of this potato is like being included in the list of Guinness Book.
Sonargaon Upazila Agriculture Officer Monira Akhter said, “Two or three potatoes have grown from the potato plant we got from Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute.” This is actually the exception.