Section 144 was imposed in and around Basurhat municipal area of Companiganj upazila in Noakhali on Wednesday following Tuesday’s violent clash between two factions of the ruling Awami League.
The local administration imposed the restriction, banning political gathering in the area.Law enforcers went for action against troublemakers, arresting a good number of suspects for the infighting. Police said they arrested at least 27 people for their alleged involvement in the clash.
Companiganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohamamd Ziaul Haque Mir said that the prohibitory order will remain in force till 12pm on Wednesday which started at 6am on Wednesday.
“We’ve enforced Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, which prohibits assembly of four or more people, apprehending more clashes between the two rival factions," he said.
Shops and bazaars in Basurhat municipal area will also remain closed, the UNO added.
The clash broke out on Tuesday between supporters of Quader Mirza, younger brother of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, and other AL activists.
The infighting took place when some AL supporters were agitating against the harassment of freedom fighter Khijir Hayat Khan allegedly by Quader Mirza.Mirza’s nephew Fakhrul Islam Rahat alleged that supporters of his uncle hurled improvised bombs at the protesters and also fired shots to disperse them.
Alauddin, 32, an activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), was shot dead in the infighting and 30 others were wounded – 12 bullet-hit.
The body of Alauddin, son of Mominul Haque of Char Fakira union of the upazila, has been sent to Noakhali General Hospital for an autopsy.
Quader Mirza said “general people thwarted” miscreants who vandalised a stage of “Mujib Barsho” celebrations.
Officer-in-Charge of Companiganj Police Station Meer Zahedul Haque Rony said the situation was under control.