15 including cops hurt during AL factional clash in Lalmonirhat
At least 15 people, including four policemen, were injured in a clash between two rival groups of the local Awami League in Lalmonirhat's Aditmari upazila yesterday afternoon.
Police fired three rounds of sound grenades to bring the situation under control, reports our local correspondent quoting Moktarul Islam, officer-in-charge of Aditmari Police Station.
Additional police have been deployed in the area to fend off any untoward incident, he said.
The injured received primary treatment from local hospitals and clinics.
According to police, two groups of AL brought out rallies to protest the BNP-Jamaat's anarchy across the country yesterday afternoon.
The leaders and activists of the newly formed Aditmari upazila unit AL, led by the unit president and general secretary Mohammad Ali and Rafiqul Alam, brought out a procession from Bhadai GS School ground while the rival group, led by Mahmud Omar Chishti, chairman of Kamalbari Union Parishad, brought out a procession from the upazila unit AL party office.
As soon as, the two groups met, chase and counter-chase occurred between the two groups followed by a clash, leaving 15 persons including four policemen injured, said police.
Police fired several sound grenades to bring the situation under control, said OC Moktarul.
UP Chairman Chishti told journalists that the newly formed upazila unit AL, made with pro-BNP men, attacked them when they brought out a procession where some of their root-level AL men were injured.
Aditmari upazila unit AL President Mohammad Ali, however, blamed UP Chairman Chishti for the attack.