1st-phase UP Polls

Two killed in violence

Staff Correspondent

22 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Stray incidents of violence left two people dead and some others injured during the first phase of Union Parishad elections in 13 districts in the country on Monday.

By-election to Laxmipur-2 constituency and general polls to 204 Union Parishads (UPs) and two municipalities were held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

EC Secretary Md. Humayun Kabir Khandaker said some unwanted stray incidents took place in the elections that left two people killed.

“The incidents took place at Fakira Primary School in Ward No-5 in Bhola’s Charfesson Upazila and Komalapur Primapry School in Ward No-9 at Khanjapur union of Gouronadi Upazila in Barishal district,” he said.

The EC has taken action after getting information from media and their monitoring team, said the secretary. A man was shot dead during clashes between supporters of two candidates vying for Hazariganj Union Parishad seats in Bhola’s Charfesson Upazila.

The man was identified as Monir, 25, son of local resident Bashir Ullah. Two others were injured in the violence that occurred around 11:00am near the Char Fakira Primary School in Ward No-5.

The clash broke out between supporters of Ward-5 member candidates Yasin and Yunus Sikdar.

Locals said the incidents took place when two sides attempted to gain influence over the polling centre area.

Monir was shot during the clash and taken to the Charfesson Upazila Health Complex, where he was declared died. Dr Shovon Bashak, a health official at the complex, confirmed his death to the newsmen.

Police fired 12 rounds of bullets to disperse the activists of the conflicting groups. But no one was killed in the fire, said Bhola Superintendent of Police Md Kaiser.

In another incident, a man was killed at Komalapur Primapry School in Ward No-9 at Khanjapur union of Gouronadi Upazila in Barishal district during a clash with supporters of opponent candidates.

The voting was held from 8:00am to 4:00pm without any break.  The battle of ballot was held on partisan basis. There are allegations of vote rigging and capturing of poling centres.

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used for the by-election, the two municipalities and 20 UP elections.

The Laxmipur-2 constituency (Parliamentary Seat No-275) fell vacant on January 28 last after independent MP Mohammad Shahid Islam alias Kazi Papul was sentenced by a Kuwait court for criminal offences for moral turpitude.

The election to the UPs and the Laxmipur by-polls was scheduled for April 11 but it was postponed due to the worsening pandemic situation.

According to a recent gazette issued by the Parliament Secretariat, Papul became ineligible to remain an MP under the Article 66 (1) of the Constitution as he was sentenced by a Kuwaiti criminal court to four years’ rigorous imprisonment.

Papul is currently in a Kuwait jail after he was arrested there in June last on charges of human trafficking, residency visa trading and money laundering.