A betel-leaf trader was killed when activists of the ruling Awami League resorted to violence to occupy a polling station during the Kanchan municipal election yesterday.
At least 50 others were injured in two separate clashes erupted when AL men attempted to occupy polling stations and BNP men resisted them.
The deceased was identified as Sukomal Dutta, 55, of Tarail Paschimpara.
Supporters of aspirant ward councillor Mohon, an AL man, around 10:00am blasted 10 to 12 crude bombs and fired shots, aiming to occupy Tarail No1 Govt Primary School polling centre, witnesses said.
At the time, Sukomol died of bullet injuries.
A clash between supporters of the BNP-backed candidate and the AL men continued for around 45 minutes before police and members of Border Guard Bangladesh rushed to the spot and contained the situation.
At least 30 sustained injuries during the clash.
In another incident around 10:45am, 20 people were injured when supporters of AL-backed mayoral candidate Rafiqual Islam clashed with BNP-blessed mayoral candidate Majibur Rahman Bhuiyan and his men at Hatabo Government Primary School polling centre.
The clash erupted when AL men tried to occupy the centre and BNP men obstructed them.
Chase and counter-chase took place. Both groups also fired bullets and hurled hand-made crude bombs during the clash.
Later, police dispersed them by firing blank shots.
Officer-in-Charge of Rupganj Police Station Md Asaduzzaman confirmed the death and clashes.