12:00 AM, December 20, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:22 AM, December 20, 2018

Attack on BNP Leaders:

EC asks for withdrawal of 3 cops

The Election Commission yesterday directed police to withdraw three officers-in-charge.

The move came following some recent attacks on top BNP leaders.

In a letter to Inspector General of Police Mohammad Javed Patwary yesterday, the EC asked for the withdrawal of Ramna Police Station OC Kazi Mainul Islam, Thakurgaon Sadar Police Station OC Mostafizur Rahman and Noakhali's Sonaimuri Police Station OC Abdul Mazid.

Meanwhile, the commission asked the authorities concerned to relieve the deputy commissioner of Gaibandha and the additional deputy commissioner of Faridpur of their duties.

In a letter to the public administration minister, the EC said the two were not actively carrying out their duties, said EC sources. 

On December 11, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's motorcade came under attack, allegedly by AL men, in Thakurgaon's Danarhat village. At least 10 people were hurt and four vehicles damaged in the attack, according to BNP leaders.

A couple of days later, Mirza Abbas, BNP candidate in Dhaka-8, and his party activists came under attack while campaigning in Shantinagar area.

On December 15, Mahbub Uddin Khokon, BNP contender for Noakhali-1, was hit by rubber bullets during a clash between Awami League and BNP activists in the district's Sonaimuri.

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