20 injured as rival AL men clash in Kushtia
At least 20 people, four with bullets, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the ruling Awami League in Sadar upazila of the district yesterday.
Of the injured, four hit by bullets are Mithun Ali, 22, Bokul Hossain, 35, Sabdar Ali, 40, and Mottleb Ali, 50. They are now undergoing treatments at Kushtia Medical College Hospital.
Abdul Khaleq, officer in-charge of Kushtia Model Police Station, said there had been a long standing rivalry between the supporters of two locals AL leaders, Shawkat Ali and Sikandar Ali, over establishment supremacy in the area.
Abdul Jalil, one of the supporters of Shawkat, locked in an altercation with a supporter of Sikandar over a trifling matter at Baliapara village around 9:30am, said the OC, quoting witnesses.
Following the altercation, both the groups equipped with locally made weapons swooped on each other triggering a clash among them that left at least 16 people from both sides injured, the OC added.
Being informed, a team of the law enforcers rushed to the spot and fired several gun shots to disperse the clashing groups and bring the situation under control.
At least four others received bullet injuries during the police firing, locals alleged.