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7 killed in 4 districts
Seven people were killed in clashes during the union council elections in four districts on Saturday.
Jamalpur: Four people including two students were killed in a clash between the supporters of two chairman candidates during UP polls in Dewanganj upazila of Jamalpur district on Saturday.
Local sources said 30 more people including a cop were also injured in the clash between the supporters of Awami League-backed chairman candidate and the AL rebel candidate at Khutarchar Ebtedayee Madrasah polling centre at about 12 noon.
The dead were identified as Nurul Islam, 65, of Kutuber Char, and Ziaur Rahman, 35, Mazed, 14, and Nabirul, 15, of Sheikhpara, in Dewanganj upazila.
Of them, Mazed was a class VIII student and Nabirul was a class IX student of a local madrasah.
Among the injured, constables Ibrahim, 50, and Solaiman Nayan, 40, were admitted to Jamalpur Sadar Hospital.
Police and BGB members fired 50 bullets to clam down the situation.
Jamalpur assistant superintendent of police Yunus Mia told media that they have been confirmed about four deaths.
Jamalpur civil surgeon Mushayer ul Islam said 20 of the injured were admitted to Jamalpur General Hospital while the rest to local health complex.
Meanwhile, voting at Khutarchar Ebtedayee Madrasah polling centre in Dewanganj upazila was suspended following the bloody clash.
Dead Mohammad Kamaluddin was BNP’s rebel candidate.
Local sources said the clash was ensued between the supporters of Kamaluddin and BNP-backed candidate Tofayel Ahmed Bhuiyan at about 3:30pm at Balarampur union.
During the clash, Kamaluddin was killed by a harpoon thrown by a supporter of his opponent.
Comilla’s assistant superintendent of police Iqbal Hossain Hazari confirmed media about the death.
The dead was identified as–Md Yasin.
The clash ensued between the supporters of Awami League-backed candidate and rebel candidate at Shah Mirpur Government Primary School polling centre around 1pm, leaving three injured.
Noakhali: An activist of Awami League was killed and six others were injured in a clash between the supporters of Awami League and BNP at a poling centre in Razganj union in Begumganj upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.
Police said the clash ensued in the morning when the supporters of Awami League-backed chairman candidate stormed the Razganj Government High School polling centre for taking its control.
At one stage, the supporters of BNP-backed chairman candidate tried to resist them, triggering a clash.
Later both the groups exchanged gunfire, leaving Sirajul Islam, 50, dead on the spot and six others injured, said Illias Sharif, superintendent of police, Noakhali.
Besides, at least 20 crude bombs were exploded at Yaarpur Government Primary School polling centre in Kabilpur union of Shenbagh upazila as a chase and counter-chase took place among the supporters of the BNP and Awami League candidates
over taking control of the polling centre.
Meanwhile, two people, including a UP member of Hazipur union, were injured with bullets in a clash between the supporters of the Awami League and BNP candidates at Arif Government Primary School polling centre in Begumganj upazila the same day.
Voting in two polling stations—Sher-e-Bangla Government High School in Mohammadpur union and Kesharpar Government Primary School centre in Kesharpar union of Senbagh upazila—were suspended over alleged allegation of ballot snatching and occupying polling stations.
Besides, Jalal Uddin, a BNP-backed chairman candidate of Choyani union in Senbagh upazila boycotted the election race on charge of various irregularities including vote rigging.