As many as 30 people were injured after supporters of two vice chairman candidates clashed over results of Upazila Parishad election in Juri upazila of Moulvibazar on Monday night.
Among them, Shakil Ahmed, 20, Mannan Mia, 32, and Shamu Das, 23, are undergoing treatment with gunshot wounds at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital (SOMCH).
Police and locals said Monday's election was held peacefully in the upazila. But later that night the atmosphere heated up when independent candidate Rinku Das was officially declared winner in the vice chairman post, with 1,233 votes over his closest contender Jewel Ahmed.
Jewel's supporters soon brought out a procession to protest the results and marched towards the upazila nirbahi officer's office where supporters of the newly elected vice chairman attacked them, said witnesses.
While the two groups locked in clashes for nearly two hours, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
The three bullet-hit individuals were initially taken to Juri Upazila Health Complex. But considering the severity of their injuries, they were transferred to SOMCH, said Masum Parvez, a doctor at the health complex.
Abu Yusuf, assistant superintendent of police in Moulvibazar, said there were injuries on both sides. Ten of them were taken to different medical facilities in the area, while others were given first aid treatment.
Moulvibazar's Superintendent of Police Mohammad Shahjalal visited the scene and confirmed that three people sustained bullet injuries in the clash.
Police brought in reinforcements to maintain law and order in the area.