At least 60 people were injured in separate clashes during campaigning for upcoming union parishad (UP) elections in different districts across the country on Friday.
In Pabna: As many as 15 people were injured, five of them with bullet wounds, when supporters of two rival candidates for the upcoming Hatkhali Union Parishad election allegedly clashed in Barbhagia village of Pabna Thursday night.
Those who sustained bullet injuries have been identified as Azhar Ali Molla, 65, Rehena Khatun, 35, Azgar Ali Molla, 60, Khairul Islam, 40, and Jubayer Hossain. Four of them have been shifted to Pabna General Hospital from the upazila health complex.
Firoz Ahmed Khan, the organisational secretary of the upazila Krishak League, an associate outfit of the Awami League, told that the members of the ruling party had been attacking rival candidates for the UP election since October 26, the last day of withdrawing nominations.
Firoz is contesting the UP election for the chairman’s post as an independent, while Abdur Rauf is the ruling party candidate.
“Around 8.30pm on Thursday, a gang of miscreants owing allegiance to Abdur, went on a vandalism spree in Barbhagia village, attacking residents and damaging houses as well as the election office in Nuruddin Bazar. Some of the miscreants fired at my supporters,” Firoz claimed.
In Netrakona: At least 25 people were injured in clashes between the supporters of rival candidates ahead of the union parishad (UP) polls in Netrakona.
Complaints and counter-complaints were lodged at Netrokona Model Police Station in this connection. The law enforcers visited the spots Thursday.
According to local sources, Mohammad Abu Bakar Siddique, Awami League candidate for the Dokkhin Bishiura union parishad election and also ruling party president of the area, got his party’s “boat” symbol. Rebel candidate Abul Kalam, the former chairman of the union, got the “motorcycle” symbol.
After receiving the symbols, the supporters of the two candidates started electioneering. As they came across each other at the Dokkhin Bishiura Bazaar, a fight broke out between them, resulting in the injury of 15 people.
At that time, chairs, tables, furniture, photo frames with pictures of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina were shattered and posters of ruling party candidates were torn down.
Md Bachchu Mia, a supporter of Abu Bakar, said, “Supporters of rebel candidate [Kalam] carried out the attack and vandalised the office furniture and damaged photos of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. “
In Jashore: At least 20 people were injured in separate clashes during campaigning for upcoming union parishad (UP) election at Jhikargachha upazila in Jashore district on Thursday.
The injured were admitted to Jashore General Hospital.
Jahurul Haque, independent candidate for Shimulia UP chairman post, alleged that he and his followers were attacked by supporters of rival candidate Motiar Rahman during campaigning in Missionpara area in the afternoon.
Six persons including Jahurul himself were injured in the attack, he added.
Meanwhile, a crude bomb was hurled during a campaign rally of Panisara UP's independent chairman candidate Pikul Hasan in front of rival candidate Nowsher Ali's election office in the evening.
Sequel to the incident, supporters of the both candidates locked into clashes, leaving 14 people from both sides injured.
Regarding the incidents, Jhikargachha Police Station inspector Misbah Uddin said police went to the spots and brought the situation under control.
No one filed a complaint with the police station yet, he added.