12:00 AM, December 23, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:03 AM, December 23, 2018

Satkhira OC withdrawn for 'seeking vote for boat'

A police OC in Satkhira has been withdrawn for allegedly seeking vote for Awami League.

The SP withdrew Maruf Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Kalaroa Police Station, yesterday following an order by the Election Commission. He was attached to the district police lines, said Merina Akhter, additional superintendent of police (sadar circle) in the district.

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The development came two days after Maruf allegedly violated the electoral code of conduct by seeking vote for “boat” – the AL's electoral symbol. A video clip of his speech at a programme went viral.

Oikyafront candidate for Satkhira-1 Habibul Islam Habib, also a former BNP lawmaker, had submitted a written complaint to the EC demanding his immediate withdrawal.

However, Maruf denied the allegation.

Talking to The Daily Star, he said he attended the programme to ensure security and gave a welcome speech. He claimed the footage of the speech was manipulated.

The video clip shows Maruf asking the audience to vote for the AL for continuation of the ongoing development projects.

Meanwhile, Oikyafront leaders in Tangail yesterday demanded withdrawal of Amir Hossain, OC of Sakhipur police, for his “controversial role” ahead of the December 30 election.

They placed the demand at a press conference at Sakhipur Press Club where Dulal Hossain, joint secretary of Sakhipur upazila Krishak Shramik Janata League, read out a written statement on behalf of the Oikyafront, reports our district correspondent.

He alleged that the OC was harassing and torturing activists and supporters of Jatiya Oikyafront candidate Kuri Siddiqui in Tangail-8 (Sakhipur-Basail).

Dulal further complained that police were arresting their leaders and activists in “false cases”. Even those who came out of jail on bail have been picked up again and implicated in other cases by the OC, he added.

Despite repeated attempts, The Daily Star could not reach the OC over phone for comments.

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