According to locals, the accused tied the victim to a tree, poured petrol on his legs, and set him on fire
Police have arrested a Joypurhat UP member for allegedly setting fire to a rickshaw puller’s legs.
The arrestee is Rafikul Islam, 52, UP member of Ward No 7 in Banbu union of the Sadar upazila.
Victim Tota Mia, 33, is currently admitted to the Joypurhat Modern Hospital with severe burn injuries.
The incident happened in Dharki village of Bambu union on Saturday night, when according to the victim’s family and police, some people called Tota Mia out of his house to a nearby field at around 10pm.
They accused him of stealing a cow that went missing on Friday.
Without any corroborating proof, the perpetrators tied Tota to a tree, poured petrol on his legs, and set him on fire.
He was taken to Joypurhat Modern Hospital’s emergency department as he lost consciousness at one point.
On Sunday, Tota’s wife Dolly Begum filed a case in Joypurhat police station accusing UP Member Rafikul Islam and five others.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Joypurhat Sadar police station, AKM Alamgir Jahan said: "Following the case we have arrested Rafikul Islam on Sunday and sent him to jail, for being involved in the incident."
“Efforts are ongoing to detain the other accused,” the OC added.