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12 December, 2018 01:08:28 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 12 December, 2018 10:33:36 AM

BNP leaders lodge complaints with EC

Mirza Fakhrul’s motorcade attacked; Juba League, AL men killed, 80 hurt in clahses in five dists
Staff Reporter, Dhaka
BNP leaders lodge complaints with EC

Leaders of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) yesterday (Tuesday) complained to the Election Commission (EC) that its candidates were attacked by unknown persons while campaigning. It was the second day of campaigning, and the attacks took place throughout the country.

BNP candidates also alleged that they are feeling a sense of insecurity and expressed frustration over such attacks. Reports said BNP candidates and their supporters were confronted and attacked in Thakurgaon, Noakhali, Narail, Faridpur and Bogura, leaving two dead and nearly 80 injured.

BNP candidate from Noakhali-1, Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon, complained to the EC that his supporters and workers are being summarily arrested; armed men are moving about openly in support of the Awami League’s electoral symbol, "boat", but the police are not taking any step, he alleged

“The police have become aggressive in Chatkhil-Sonaimuri areas and are searching our party people without any reason. We have informed the returning officer for redress,” he told journalists at Nirbachan Bhaban after submitting written letters to the Chief Election Commissioner and other commissioners.

He alleged that the police are not paying heed to the EC. The Commission has called for stopping summary arrests, but the police are not caring, he said.

Our Correspondent writes from Thakurgaon: A group of miscreants attacked the motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir while he was campaigning in his constituency, Thakurgaon-1.

He came under attack at Danarhat of Begunbari union in Sadar upazila of the district at noon on Tuesday. Some of the vehicles were vandalised. Casualties could not be known immediately.

Thakurgaon district BNP president, Toymur Rahman, confirmed the matter to journalists.

Toymur Rahman alleged that a group of miscreants with sticks attacked the motorcade of Alamgir, led by Boni Amin, Begunbari union chairman. The attack was pre-planned.

"Local AL leaders were involved in the attack. We want justice," he added.

Our Noakhali Correspondent reports: A Juba League leader was killed in a pre-election clash between supporters of the AL and BNP over campaigning at Ejbalia in Sadar upazila on Tuesday.

The victim was identified as Mohammad Hanif, 25, a local Jubo League leader.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Sudharam police station, Anwar Hossain, said supporters of the Awami League’s Noakhali-4 election candidate, Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, and the BNP’s M Shahjahan were locked in a clash over holding rallies, leaving Hanif critically injured.

He was taken to General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Witnesses said supporters of Ekram Chowdhury were preparing to hold a rally in an open field in the Ejbalia area, while Shahjahan’s supporters were holding a meeting at a nearby ground.

At one stage, both the groups brought out processions and attacked each other. This continued for about 20 minutes.

OC Anwar said it is still not clear how Hanif died, but there are bullet wounds on the legs.

Syed Mohiuddin Abdul Azim, resident medical officer of Noakhali General Hospital, said Hanif might have died due to excessive bleeding as he suffered bullet wounds on the legs.

Ekram Chowdhury visited the hospital and consoled family members of Hanif.

On the other hand, at least 50 people were injured during a clash between supporters of the Awami League and BNP over campaigning at Kabirhat Bazaar of the district.

Sources said BNP candidate Barrister Maudud Ahmed was scheduled to hold a meeting at Kabirhat. His supporters were gathering at the place. When several processions reached the South Bazaar area, AL leaders and supporters allegedly chased them, which led to the clash. Crude bombs were thrown and the election office was damaged, leaving 50 persons injured on either side.

Kabirhat Pourasava BNP unit president, Mostafijur Rahmanm told The Independent: “We had a scheduled meeting, but AL leaders and workers suddenly attacked us. Some of our election offices were vandalised.”

On the other hand, Kabirhat upazila Juba League general secretary, Nazrul Islam, alleged that the BNP attacked them in the Nobarun Academy area, leaving 15 party people injured.

Officer-in-charge of Kabirhat police station, Mirza Mohammad Hasan, said they brought the situation under control and additional police force has been deployed in the area.

Our Correspondent in Bogura writes: At least 20 vehicles, including motorbikes, were vandalised by AL supporters in Dhunut upazila yesterday morning, leaving 20 BNP activists injured in a clash that followed.

BNP candidate GM Siraj said that when BNP supporters came out for campaigning at about  11.30am, a group of AL supporters attacked them in the Dhunut Bazaar area.

The AL activists vandalised a Jeep and a microbus of GM Siraj and 20 people were injured, GM Siraj, his son Ashif Rabbani, Dhunut upazila chairman Towhidul Alam Mamun among them.

At a press conference at the Dhunut Upazila Press Club, Siraj said they brought out a motorcade procession after informing the local police, but AL supporters attacked them with lethal weapons.

Assistant returning officer, also the Upazila Nirbahi Officer, Razia Sultana said additional police force was deployed to control the situation. "If complaints are made, measures will be taken," she added.

At a press conference at his residence in Shahjahanpur in the capital, BNP candidate Mirza Abbas said he is feeling a sense of insecurity.

Abbas, who is contesting from Dhaka-8, said: “I feel insecure as law enforcers are moving around my house and my supporters and workers have been arrested. As a result, it has become difficult to campaign.”

AL leader killed in attack by ‘BNP men’ in Faridpur

A local Awami League leader was killed in an attack allegedly by BNP supporters at Goaldangi in Faridpur sadar upazila last night, adds UNB.

The deceased was identified as Yusuf Al Mamun, 40, cultural affairs secretary of North Channel union unit of Awami League in the upazila.

Witnesses said Mamun had an altercation with BNP activists Mazid Sheikh and Aziz at a local tea stall around 8:30pm over the upcoming election and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

At one stage, the two BNP men punched him and beat him with a stick whereby the AL leader collapsed on the ground.

He was taken to Faridpur Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

Local ward AL president Lalon Fakir was also injured as he tried to prevent the attack.

District AL vice-president and Zila Parishad Chairman Lokman Hossain Mridha claimed that the attackers are the supporters of BNP candidate from Faridpur-3 constituency Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf.

North Channel union BNP president Jamiruddin Hazi said Mamun and Aziz are of same age and they used to move together. "The accident happened following an altercation between them. This is not a planned incident."

Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station AFM Nasim said policemen were deployed in the area.




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