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4 killed in post-polls violence

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 28 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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4 killed in post-polls violence

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At least four people were killed and several others injured in post-polls violence in Sirajganj, Thakurgaon, Patuakhali and Sylhet till Monday.

Three people were killed on Sunday night while another one succumbed to his injuries on Monday.

The fourth phase of the union Parishad elections was held to 836 UPs on Sunday amid violence, vote rigging and casualties like the previous three phases.

Some incidents of stabbing, collision, chasing, irregularities, vote-stuffing, vote-rigging have been reported in some centres.

In Sirajganj, Jakir Hossain, 50, brother of a member candidate succumbed to his injuries at a hospital in Dhaka on Monday.

Clashes erupted between supporters of member candidate Jahangir and Abdul Hakim outside the Kurki polling station in Khas Kaunia Union during the fourth phase elections on Sunday. Several people were injured while Jakir was hit in the head in the clash.

In Thakurgaon, Hamidur Rahman was killed in police firing at 7:00pm Sunday while trying to control violence between supporters of two candidates following the announcement of election results at the Dakshin Asannagar Government Primary School in Rajagaon Union.

In Sylhet, Abdus Salam, a garage mechanic died during a clash between villagers and police as they tried to disperse the supporters of independent chairman candidate Emran Hossain as they blocked Sylhet-Zakiganj road in Boitikar Bazar over the poll results of two centers in wards 8 and 9 in Fulbari Union at 8:00pm on Sunday.

In Patuakhali, Abdul Khaleque was shot dead during a clash between supporters of two member candidates demanding recount of votes in Charmontaj UP election in Rangabali upazila. The incident took place at Nayarchar Government Primary School in Ward 7 of the union at around 7.30pm.

So far, the country has recorded some 85 casualties till the fourth phase election across the country.

A total of 836 union parishads in 58 districts across the country took part in the fourth phase of the election while voting at 15 out of 9,224 centres were suspended as the situation there went out of control.

A total of 17 registered political parties participated in the local-body elections, according to the Election Commission.

Among the major political parties, Awami League and Jatiya Party participated in the countrywide staggered UP elections.

BNP refrained from joining the local-body polls, but many of its leaders contested the elections as independent candidates.