10:48 AM, December 11, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 07:04 PM, December 11, 2018

BNP candidates attacked while electioneering in Bogura, Chuadanga, Manikganj

Three BNP candidates today claimed that their motorcades were attacked when they were electioneering in Bogura, Chuadanga and Manikganj for the upcoming general elections.

Around 41 supporters of the party were injured and six microbuses were vandalised during the attacks, our district correspondents said.

The BNP leaders claimed that the ruling party supporters carried out the attacks on their motorcades.

In Manikganj, Afroza Khanam Rita, a BNP candidate from Manikganj-3 constituency, came under the attack while she along with her supporters went to visit a mazaar (shrine) in Saturia upazila around 4:00pm, said Moksedur Rahman, vice-president of the district unit of BNP.

Wielding with bamboo sticks, around 40 people led by Rezaul Karim and Abdul Khalek, convener and joint convener of Saturia upazila unit of Jubo League, attacked the motorcade, Moksedur told our correspondent.

At least 15 BNP supporters were injured and several vehicles were also vandalised by the ruling party men, he alleged.

Afroza lodged a complaint to the district’s returning officer in connection with the incident.

In Bogura, the motorcade of Golam Mohammad Siraj, who is contesting for the Bogura-5 constituency, came under the attack at Hukumalir Mor when it was heading towards Dhunat Bazar in Dhunat upazila of the district.

The incident occurred around 10:20am when around 25 people attacked the motorcade with sharp weapons, our Bogura correspondent quoted Siraj as saying.

Four microbuses were vandalised and sixteen of Siraj’s supporters were injured in the incident.

The BNP candidate claimed the attackers were supporters of the ruling Awami League and its student front Chhatra League.

However, sub-inspector of Dhunat Police Station Shafikul Islam confirmed the incident but he denied to make any comments on the attackers.

The injured were taken to various hospitals, Siraj said.

In Chuadanga, a BNP contestant from Chuadanga-1 constituency, Sharifuzzaman said he was attacked during his election campaign in Alamdanga upazila last night.

“A group of people shouting Joy Bangla slogans attacked us in Munshiganj bazar around 9:30pm,” Sharifuzzaman was quoted as saying.

He claimed that 10 people were hurt and two microbuses were vandalised in the attack, our Kushtia correspondent reports.

Sharifuzzaman blamed Abdul Hannan, joint secretary of Jehala Union unit of Awami League, for the attack and informed the incident to local returning officer.

Meanwhile, when contacted today, Hannan said it was BNP’s men who ransacked a local Awami League office.

Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Alamdanga Police Station, Abu Jihad Md Fakhrul Alam Khan told The Daily Star he heard both the allegations.

“No one came up to us with written allegations,” the OC said, adding that “police will take action after getting written allegation.”

Returning Officer Gopal Chandra Das, who is also the district’s deputy commissioner, told The Daily Star he has received Sharifuzzaman’s complaint over phone. “Necessary step will be taken after receiving written allegation.”

Sharifuzzaman said he will file written allegation today.


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