Poll violence claims 15 lives

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30 December, 2018 15:13 PM

Poll violence claims 15 lives

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At least 15 people were killed so far while scores other also injured in separate incidents of poll-related violence in 12 districts.

In Cumilla: Two people were killed while two others were injured in the district. The deceased are--BNP activist Mojib, 35, and pedestrian Bachchu Mia, 35.

Mojib died on the spot and two others received injuries when police fired on BNP activists and supporters at Pachchim Belashohor Government Primacy School voting center in Chandina upazila of Cumilla this morning.

Dr Redwan Ahmed, Oikyafront candidate in the Cumilla-7 constituency, has claimed that the incident happened as police fired on them centering supremacy in the polling station on Sunday morning.

“Of 83 centers, the Awami League leaders and activists have seized a total of 75 polling stations in the area,” he added.

Presiding Officer Humayun Kabir, however, said that the police fired on them as the BNP activists were trying to snatch the ballot papers in the station.

On the other hand, District Police Special Branch Sub Inspector Mahbub Morshed confirmed that Bachchu, a resident of Sundial village in Nangalkot upazila, was killed in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP on Sunday morning.

In Rangamati: A local Jubo League leader has been killed in an attack allegedly launched by a group of BNP activists at Kashkhali union in Kaukhali upazila in the district today.

The deceased is-- Bashir Uddin, general secretary of Kashkhali union unit Jubo League.

An altercation took place between some supporters of BNP and Awami League on Saturday night, Smrity Bikash Tripura, Rangamati Zila Parishad member.

In Chattogram: A Jatiya Party activist was killed in a clash with Awami League men at Katharia in Banshkhali upazila this morning. The deceased was identified as Kabir Ahmed, 45.

In Rajshahi: An Awami League activist was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Pakuria Government High School centre in Jahanabad union of Mohonpurupazila around 11am over creating supremacy in the polling centre of Rajshahi-3 constituency. The victim is Merajul Islam, 30, son of late Abdus Sattar.

Rajshahi District Police Superintendent Shahidullah has confirmed the news.

Modasser Ali, 40, organising secretary of Awami League No-8 ward in Panchandar union of Tanore upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and Awami League men over capturing Mohammadpur High School polling station of Rajshahi-1 constituency, said officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam of Tanore Police Station.

In Natore: An Awami League man has been stabbed to death by his nephew Ratan Fakir following an altercation over casting vote at Samskholsi village in Naldanga upazila this morning. The deceased is Hussain Ali.

Officer-in-Charge of Naldanga Police station Shafiqur Rahman has confirmed the news.

In Bogura: Awami League activist Azizul Islam, 30, was killed and five others were injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Bagil polling station in Kahalu upazila around 11:3am over occupying polling station, said Paikor Union Parishad Chairman Mitu Chowdhury.

In Brahmanbaria: Israil, 19, son of Sayedul Islam of Rajghar village in Sadar upazila, was shot dead and three others received bullet wound ‘in police firing’ during a clash between supporters of AL and BNP at Rajghar Government Primary School polling center of Brahmanbaria-3 constituency.

In Narsingdi: Milon Miah, 35, an Awami League polling agent, was hacked and slaughtered allegedly by supporters of opposition (independent) candidate at Kundarpara Primary School centre of Shibpur of Narsingdi-3 constituency around 12:30 am, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur Police Station.

In Cox’s Bazar: Abdullah Al Faruque, 25, son of Abul Kalam of Rajakhali union in Pekua upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Rajakhali Government Primary School polling station of Cox’s Bazar-1 constituency around 10am, said Tanzir Hossain, officer-in-charge Pekua Police Station.

In Gazipur: Liakat Hossain, an Awami League leader and former Vice-President of Kazi Azimuddin College Sangsad, was stabbed to death at Harinal in the city.

Quoting Liakat’s brother Ershad Hossain, Samir Sutra Dhar, officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station, said the local activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal and Jubo Dal stabbed Liakat indiscriminately at a polling centre around 2:30 pm, leaving him critically injured.

Later, he was taken to Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmad Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.

In Sylhet: a local JCD leader was shot to death during a clash over occupying Azizpur Government Primary School polling centre in Balaganj upazila.

The deceased was identified as Sayem Ahmed Sohel, general secretary of JCD upazila unit.

Quoting witnesses, Mahbubul Alam, sub-inspector of Balaganj Police Station, said a group of people swooped on the polling centre around 3:50pm and tried to capture it. 

As the rival party obstructed them, a clash broke out. At one stage, Sohel suffered bullet wounds and died on the spot.

In Jashore: Shamsur Rahman, 82 of Pathalia village in Abhaynagar upazila and an agent of BNP candidate for Jashore-4 constituency Mohammad Ali Jinnah, was beaten to death allegedly by his rival group while going to a polling centre in the morning.

Alamgir Hossain, officer-in-charge of Abhaynagar Police Station, said a case was filed in this connection.

Besides, the body of Tangail BNP ward unit president Abdul Aziz, 65, who went missing since Saturday night, from Nagda Shimla area in Gopalpur upazila, was recovered on Sunday morning.

Local Correspondents contributed to this report but the Kalerkantho could not verify the information independently.