Azad v Shamim in Faridpur-3: AL candidate’s supporters injured in attack

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UNB, Faridpur :

Two supporters of the Awami League-nominated candidate in the fiercely competitive Faridpur-3 constituency were injured in an attack on Monday, causing them to be hospitalised.

They were admitted to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical College (BSMMC).

AL’s Faridpur-3 candidate Shamim Haque claimed that his supporters were attacked by the supporters of independent candidate AK Azad around 9pm at Gopalpur union while they were hanging posters.

While denying any kind of attack, AK Azad’s election coordinator, Md Shoebul Islam, said it was a staged incident.

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“They attacked our supporters continuously and staged this to hide the fact,” he said.

Kotwali Police Station Officer-in-Charge (operation) Abdul Gaffar Hossain said the incident is under investigation.

The two candidates have been going at it since submitting their nominations, with a battle to disqualify each other going all the way to the Supreme Court. Azad was known to covet the AL nomination, for which he had bought the form. But when it went to Shamim, he jumped on the chance to run as an independent, backing himself to peel away a sizable chunk of the AL vote from the party’s candidate with him.

Provided both stay in the race, it is shaping up to be one of the most hotly contested races in the coming election.

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