The Awami League and BNP offices were burnt in Pirojpur while at least six persons were injured in a clash between two factions of the AL in Jhenidah yesterday.
Local AL activists allegedly set fire to a BNP office hours after an AL office was torched in Pirojpur town on Sadar Road around 3:40 in the morning. The offices of both the AL and BNP were reduced to ashes, reported our Pirojpur correspondent.
Putting the blame on the BNP-Jamaat-led 18-party alliance, around 150 AL men set fire to the BNP office on Post Office Road around 10:00am, said district BNP Secretary General Alamgir Hossain.
Md Akram Hossain, president of district AL, denied the allegation, and accused the BNP atavists of burning the AL office.
The AL men also assaulted four local journalists who were trying to take photos of the gutted BNP office, said the victims.
In Jhenidah, at least six persons including a woman were injured when the followers of the defeated and victorious candidates in the 10th national polls clashed at Mingram village in Sailkupa upazila around 11:30am, reported our correspondent.
Five of the injured--Kuddus, Ripon Mia, Billur Rahman, Ayub Ali and Badsha Mondol-- were admitted to Sailkupa Upazila Health Complex, while Manju Khatun was rushed to Jhenidah sadar hospital in a critical state.
Armed with sharp weapons, the supporters of Nayeb Ali Joarder, a former upazila chairman and AL leader who contested in the January 5 elections independently and lost, attacked the loyalists of the winner, Abdul Hyee, an AL leader and former state minister for fisheries and livestock
Sailkupa upazila's Abaipur union AL Secretary Abul Kalam Azad claimed that the injured were the supporters of the Abdul Hyee.
The defeated candidate, Nayeb Ali Joarder, however, denied attacking the loyalists of Hyee.
Meanwhile, AL men allegedly set fire to a local BNP leader's house around 2:30am at Belagaon village under Juri upazila in Moulvibazar, reported our correspondent.