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Twenty-three candidates, including three mayor candidates, have been accused in 67 criminal cases pending with different police stations.  Most of the accused are BNP leaders who faced charges during the anti-government movements in 2014. The maximum number of these cases had been filed by the police. However, all the accused were granted bails by courts, but the cases are still pending.
According to metropolitan police sources, BNP nominated mayor candidate Advocate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar has been accused in 13 cases.
BSD-nominated mayor candidate Dr Monisha Chakrabartee is facing two police cases. She was recently bailed out. Police filed the cases against her and her associates, accusing them of attacking police during an agitation by drivers of battery-powered rickshaws in the city.  Jatiya Party candidate Iqbal Hosen Tapos is also implicated in two cases.
Police and EC sources also confirmed that 20 councillor candidates face 50 criminal cases, but all of them are on bail.
According the sources, two councillor candidates were accused in seven cases filed by Kawnia police station, six were accused in 12 cases filed by the Airport police station and 12 were accused in 31 cases filed by the Kotwali model police station. They all fear police harassment during their election campaign. Dr Monisha Chakrabarty, BSD-nominated mayor candidate, said that in both the cases filed against her, the police implicated  also 60 or 70 unknown persons. She feared that in the name of "unknown" people, police may harass her workers during the peak hours of the campaign.
KM Shahid Ullah, another councillor candidate, said that 20 councillor aspirants would have to attend courts on case dates during the campaign time.   He lamented that the role of the police was not fair, and urged the government not to disturb them during the election.
Advocate Mujibur Rahman Sarwar, BNP-nominated mayor candidate, accused in 13 cases, said, "Police have no right to disturb us in connection with the cases, as we have got bail from the court. But police taking advantage of small gaps in the cases may harass us."
 Facing the reality, Prof. Gazi Zahid Hosen, district president of the Socheton Nagorik Committee, said, as police filed these cases against political persons. So, they need executive order to stop harassment. However, since all the accused had got bails from the court, he urged the authorities to stop all police harassment of the candidates during the election period.

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