Malopara villagers, who fell victim to violence on January 5, cast their votes peacefully in Abhaynagar Upazila Parishad election yesterday.
“Around 400 voters of the village cast their votes at Chanpatola-Changutia Alia Madrasa centre, about one a half kilometres away from the village.
“People of Malopara participated in the voting with enthusiasm as law enforcers, including BGB, Rab and police, patrolled the area from 11:00am,”said Biswajit Sarkar of the village.
Presiding Officer Timir Baron Sarkar said voting at his centre was peaceful.
Around 300 to 400 Jamaat-Shibir activists attacked the houses of Hindus at Malopara under Abhaynagar upazila of Jessore in the evening of January 5 for casting votes in the 10 parliamentary elections on the day.
They vandalised and looted around 150 houses and set 12 of them afire. At least 20 people were injured during the attack.
Voting at 62 polling centres in the upazila was by and large peaceful. Ruling party men tried to capture Jaforpur Boys' High School in Rajghat union at noon.
Law enforcers dispersed the unruly supporters of AL-backed candidate Robin Adhikary, firing two blank shots. Voting was suspended for half an hour.