This Star photo taken on March 23 shows aggrieved people set fire to tyres on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway protesting the killing of Baluakandi union parishad chairman also Awami League union unit president, Shamsuddin Pradhan, in Munshiganj during upazila polls.
Two people including a Krishak League activist, who were hit by bullets during the March 23 upazila polls in Khulna and Munshiganj, died in separate hospitals of the capital last night and early today.
Krishak League activist of Khulna Selim Patwari alias Selim, 28, died at National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital (NIDCH) in Dhaka around 3:00am today while Lucky Begum, 32, a housewife of Munshiganj, at Apollo Hospital around 9:00pm yesterday.
Selim was shot when police opened fire at miscreants who were trying to snatch ballot boxes at Samantasena Dakhil Madrasa centre during the upazila elections in Rupsha upazila on March 23, reports our Khulna correspondent quoting family members.
The injured Krishak League activist was whisked off to Khulna Medical College and Hospital from where he was shifted to the NIDCH as his condition deteriorated, said Abu Bakar Siddiq, an operation officer of Banani Police Station.
Selim succumbed to his injures around 3:00am, the police official said.
Lucky, wife of Abdul Mannan, a BNP rebel chairman candidate in Gazaria upazila, suffered the bullet wounds when army personnel shot at Mannan’s supporters, who allegedly confined a presiding officer.
Several hundreds of followers of Mannan barricaded the way of the presiding officer after he suspended upazila polls at Baushia Government Primary School centre citing vote rigging, Mannan said.
At one stage, army personnel rushed to the spot and fired several rounds of bullets to disperse the activists, he said.
Lucky, who was pregnant, came in line of the fire and received bullets in her lower abdomen, right leg and left hand, Mannan said.
She was rushed to the Apollo Hospital where she died last night, reports our Munshiganj correspondent quoting Md Habibur Rahman, superintendent of police in Munshiganj.
With this, the death toll from the upazila elections violence in Munshiganj rose to three.