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Violence leaves 2 dead in UP polls

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 21 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Violence leaves 2 dead in UP polls

At least two people were killed and several others injured during clash between the supporters of the rival candidates in the first phase union parishad elections countrywide on Monday.

The incident of deaths took place at Moheshkhali and Kutubdia Upazilas in Cox’s Bazar district.

A man was killed by gunfire outside a polling centre Kutubjom Union in Moheshkhali Upazila around 9:30 am.

The man was killed and around 35 others were injured in election violence there, said Md Rafiqul Islam, additional superintendent of Cox’s Bazar police.

Supporters of Awami League candidate Sheikh Kamal clashed with those of opposition independent candidate Mosharaf Hossain Khokon in Nayapara area of Ward-5, said local sources.

During the clash Abul Kalam, 45, was shot and taken to Moheshkhali Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead. The body has been sent to Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital for autopsy.

The Kutubjom Government Primary School polling centre and the Jamia Sunnah Darul Ulum Dakhil Madrasa polling centre have been closed due to the violence.

Meanwhile, another man was killed in election violence at Boroghop Union in Kutubdia around 11:30 am, said Kutubdia Police sources.

The deceased was identified as Abdul Halim, 35, an agent working for the Awami League candidate. He was shot and killed during the violence in front of the Pilotkata Government Primary School polling centre. Voting has also been suspended at a polling centre Kergachi Union in Satkhira over allegations of irregularities, said Md Atiar Rahman, deputy secretary of the Election Commission.

In Bagerhat, a woman was killed in a clash centering the election to Chandpai Union Parishad in Mongla upazila on Sunday night. The deceased was identified as Fatema Begum, 70. Voting was held at 160 unions across the country as voters cast their ballots to elect their public representatives.

Elections were also held in nine municipalities and by-polls at two upazilas.

The voting was held from 8:00am to 4:00pm without any break while the battle of ballot held on partisan basis was punctuated by vote rigging and capturing of centres.

Candidates from several political parties, including the Awami League, the Jatiya Party and Islami Andolan Bangladesh are competing in the polls under their party banners. The BNP has decided to boycott the polls, but many of its leaders are running as independent candidates.

A total 44 UP chairmen and 3 municipal mayors (Nangalkot, Boalkhali, Kabirhat) have been elected unopposed. Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used at 11 UP and 9 municipal polls.

A total 500 candidates contested for the post of UP chairman, 6,286 for general UP seats and 1,948 for reserve seats. A total 27 candidates are competing for the post of municipal mayor.

Elections for over 350 UPs were to be held on Apr 11, but were delayed due to the coronavirus. Polls were held at 204 unions on Jun 21. But the polls were delayed in 160 unions which went to the polls on Monday.

Nishanbari UP polls in Morelganj has been suspended due to a court order.