At least 14 leaders and activists of BNP were injured in an alleged attack by activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jubo League after the former placed wreaths at martyrs' monument in Faridpur town yesterday.
The BNP leaders and activists said they came under attack in Bhanga Raster Mor area around 7:30am while they were returning after placing the wreaths on the occasion of Independence Day.
Dildar Hossain, joint publicity secretary of BNP's Faridpur district unit, said, “At least 10 to 12 activists of BCL and Jubo League attacked us with hockey sticks and sharp weapons in front of Zaman Filling Station while we were returning from martyrs' monument.”
The injured include Julfikar Hossain, joint secretary of Faridpur district BNP; Syed Modarres Ali, general secretary of the same unit; Liton Biswas, president of Swechchhasebak Dal's Faridpur municipality unit; and Siddiqur Rahman, publicity secretary of Faridpur district unit of Jubo Dal.
Among them, Julfikar Hossain was sent to Dhaka for treatment, while others were admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, Faridpur General Hospital and other medical facilities in the area, Dildar added.
Contacted, Nishan Mahamud Shamim, president of BCL's Faridpur district unit, refuted the accusation, saying, “We've been busy with the inauguration programme of Rajendra College Central Students' Union... The accusation made by BNP is absolutely false.”
Kotwali Police Station Officer-in-Charge AFM Nasim confirmed that a number of BNP leaders and activists came under attack by miscreants in Bhanga Raster Mor area yesterday morning.
No case was filed in this connection as of 4:00pm yesterday, he added.