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A man wearing a helmet hacked Nahid Mia, 19, outside the capital’s Nur Jahan supermarket at 12:54 p.m. on Tuesday. The Daily Star publishes this photo just to show the gravity of what happened that day. Picture: star

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A man wearing a helmet hacked Nahid Mia, 19, outside the capital’s Nur Jahan supermarket at 12:54 p.m. on Tuesday. The Daily Star publishes this photo just to show the gravity of what happened that day. Picture: star

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During violent clashes between shopkeepers and Dhaka College students in the New Market area on Tuesday, a young man in a dark blue t-shirt was seen lying motionless outside the Nur Jahan supermarket.

Another man, wearing a black helmet, came up with a machete and started hacking him indiscriminately. The assailant backed off after being stopped by a third man, who was wearing a yellow helmet. The two helmeted men then returned to the side of the students.

Video footage of the incident has gone viral on social media. Several law enforcement agencies have confirmed its authenticity.

Daily Star reporters, who were present near the scene, also took photos of the horrific attack.

It happened around 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

This newspaper spoke to at least 20 shopkeepers and students from Dhaka College yesterday, who identified the youth in the dark blue T-shirt as 19-year-old Nahid Mia.

As painful as it may have been, his father Nadim Hossain also confirmed that it was indeed his son.

Nahid, a delivery man for a computer accessories store on Elephant Road, died on Tuesday evening. His uncle Mohammad Sayeed filed a murder complaint against 150 to 200 unnamed people the next day.

“My son left the house earlier today wearing a dark blue t-shirt that read ‘D-link’. He was accidentally caught up in the clashes,” Nadim told the Daily Star yesterday.

Nahid was attacked outside the Khan Fashion store in the Nur Jahan Super Market, located just opposite Dhaka College.

In talking to several witnesses, these correspondents learned that Dhaka College students had taken control of the area near Globe Mall and Nur Jahan Supermarket at some point during the clashes.

When witnesses saw the viral footage, they said several youths wearing helmets were fighting on the side of the students. They carried iron bars, machetes and sticks.

One of the Daily Star reporters who was present said that some traders were throwing pieces of bricks at students on different floors of Nur Jahan supermarket.

Several youths from the student side burst inside and quickly returned in the face of resistance. Coming out of the market, they found the youth in the dark blue T-shirt near the stairs.

They beat him blindly and left.

“One of the young people wearing a black helmet then came back to him and started hacking him in a discriminatory way,” says the journalist.

Abdullah Al Mamun, a shop owner at the market, said most of the youngsters on the student side wore helmets. Many traders also wore helmets.

“As the injured youth was bleeding profusely from his head, two youths from the traders’ side rescued him after the attack. He was then taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital by the traders,” he said.

Some Dhaka College students gave a similar description. One of them, who took part in the clashes, said the attackers were from college.

He didn’t name anyone.

The Daily Star could not verify the authenticity of this claim.

Traders said those who ransacked three stores near Gate 2 of the New Market on Monday night were also wearing hard hats.

Asked about an allegation that the Chhatra League led the mob that attacked Nahid, Fuad Hasan, co-organizer of the Dhaka College BCL committee formed in 2016, said: “It is still unclear who was behind the killing.

“It’s the job of the police to find them.”

Law enforcement had yet to arrest anyone for the incident. The Police Detective Squad took over the investigation yesterday.

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