Criminals yesterday chased an assistant director of regional passport office to Bogra divisional forest office and stabbed him there.
Raysul Islam, office assistant of the passport office, said the incident happened when victim Shahjahan Kabir, 37, was going to Bogra-Dhaka highway, which is around 400 metres away from his office, to catch a bus to his ancestral home in Meherpur.
Witness Abdul Bari, office assistant of Bogra divisional forest office, told this correspondent that around 1:30pm, staffers of the office went to a mosque to offer Zohr prayers except him and a peon. Shahjahan suddenly entered the tea room of the office screaming for help as some 5-6 criminals chased him.
When he came out of his room, the attackers forced him to return his room. They then entered the tea room and stabbed Shahjahan, Bari said, adding that he did not know the attackers.
The incident took place just about 200 metres away from Koigari police outpost in Bogra town.
Nirmalendu Chowdhury, deputy director of Bogra Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital, said the victim was critically injured.
He was later flown to Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka in an air ambulance as his condition worsened, Nirmalendu said.
Shahjahan has been working as an assistant director at Bogra regional passport office for the last one year.
Seeking anonymity, a staff of the passport office said after joining Bogra passport office, Shahjahan took some steps to reduce corruption and harassment of passport seekers.
Local passport brokers became angry with him. The brokers also demanded money from Shahjahan, but he refused to pay, the official added.
Sonaton Chakraborty, additional superintendent of police (Sadar circle), said they were trying to identify the attackers.