10 injured in pre-UP polls violence in Sirajganj

The police charged batons and fired 10 shots from shotgun on Thursday to disperse clashing activists of the incumbent chairman and a chairman candidate of Soydabad union parishad in Sirajganj, leaving 10 people injured.
Five of the injured were admitted to Sirajganj General Hospital.
The hour-long clash erupted around 11:00am between the supporters of incumbent UP chairman Shouptik Ahmed Mithu and ruling Awami League-backed chairman Nabidul Islam as the Election Commission stayed the polls here for three months following a High Court order.
The incumbent chairman, who opted out of the election, filed a writ petition recently over demarcation of the union parishad’s territory.
Shouptik Ahmed Mithu said the followers of Nabidul Islam and his brother Momin Member carried out attack on his supporters at Kodda leaving several of them injured.
‘They also blocked Dhaka-Rajshahi highway, damaged my house and office, and a hospital situated on my plot,’ he said.
Nabidul Islam said aggrieved people blocked the highway and besieged the house of the incumbent chairman as he intentionally filed the writ petition to halt the polls that was scheduled to be held on March 31.
At that time, the supporters of Mithu clashed with the people, he said.
Sirajganj sadar police officer-in-charge Habibul Islam said both parties locked in clash due to the deferment of the union parishad polls.
Police brought the overall situation under control by charging batons and firing 10 shots, he said.

source : the new age

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