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2 candidates shot in Cox’s Bazar ahead of UP polls

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  • 7 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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2 candidates shot in Cox’s Bazar ahead of UP polls

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COX’S BAZAR: Tensions are running high in Jhilangja union of the district as two brothers, both Awami League leaders, were shot Friday ahead of the UP polls.

Kudrat Ullah Sikder, Awami League leader and member candidate for Ward 3 of the union, and his brother Jahirul Islam, Sramik League president of the district, were shot at 10pm. The assailants arrived on the scene riding on motorcycles and left after opening fire at them at Kudrat’s office, according to locals.

The brothers are now undergoing treatment at Cox’s Bazar Sadar Hospital.

As the news broke, the supporters of Kudrat, whose electoral symbol is football, blockaded roads, causing long tailbacks on the Link Road area of the Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf and Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highways.

The wounded ruling party leaders themselves blamed rival candidate Liaquat, with the electoral symbol rooster, for the shooting.

“Member candidate Kudrat Ullah and his brother Jahirul Islam were reportedly shot. Police visited the spot and are working to maintain law and order there and remove the road blockade. Also, police are investigating the incident,” said Bipul Chandra, officer-in-charge of Cox’s Bazar Model Police Station.