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03:00 PM, April 01, 2016 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:27 PM, April 01, 2016

Post-poll violence leaves 35 hurt, 15 houses burnt

At least 35 people were injured in Brahmanbaria and Jhenidah while 15 houses were burnt in Natore today in separate incidents of post-post violence, following yesterday's union parishad (UP) polls.

In Brahmanbaria, 30 people were injured in a clash between two groups of Awami League activists at Durgarampur village in Ashuganj upazila, reports UNB.

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The injured were rushed to different clinics and hospitals.

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According to witnesses, an altercation ensued between the supporters of newly elected AL-backed Durgarampur Union Parishad chairman Sazu Khan and AL rebel candidate Moazzem Hossain Mazu over the polls results around 8:00am.

In Jhenidah, five people were injured in another clash between the supporters of AL-backed chairman candidate and an AL rebel candidate at Banshbaria village in Maheshpur upazila.

The clash erupted when supporters of defeated AL-backed candidate Masudur Rahman swooped on the supporters of AL rebel candidate Abdul Malek following his victory in the morning that left five people injured, UNB reported quoting Prabir Kumar, officer-in-charge of Maheshpur Police Station.

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Later, their supporters also vandalised five to six houses in the area.

Meanwhile, Border Guards Bangladesh members were deployed in the area apprehending further trouble.

In Natore, supporters of member candidates – Abdul Hannan and Abdul Goni – of Lalpur union parishad of Lalpur upazila set fire to at least 15 houses of the supporters of another member candidate, Yusuf Ali, around 12:30pm, police said.

The arson attack took place following a conflict among them over yesterday’s UP polls, Babul Hossain, sub-inspector (SI) of Lalpur Police Station, told our Natore correspondent.

No injury was reported from the violence, police said.

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