10 injured in Shariatpur municipality polls violence

16 January 2021

Our Correspondent :
At least ten people, including the wife of an independent mayor candidate and a journalist, were injured in a clash between supporters of ruling Awami League mayor candidate and rebel candidate during the election campaign of Bhedarganj municipality election campaign at Shariatpur's East Gaydda on Friday.
The injured were identified
 as Afrin Mitu, wife of independent mayor candidate Abul Bashar Chokdar; their supporters-Hannan Munshi, Faysal Sarder, Shamim Chokdar, Nasima, Pakhi, Rezia, Sultana and Nasrin.
Other than this, Abu Raihan Arnab, a reporter of an online news portal, was also injured while filming the attack.
They were rushed to Bhedarganj Upazila Health Complex and nearby private clinics.
Among the injured, Hannan Munshi and Faysal Sarder were later shifted to Shariatpur Sadar Hospital for better treatment.
"Some supporters of Awami League mayoral candidate Abdul Mannan Howladar led by Chhatra League's Bhedarganj Upazila unit general secretary Ashrul Howladar attacked us with bamboos and wood sticks when we were campaigning at the East Gaydda area for the municipality election around 11am," Afrin Mitu told the media.
"The attackers have threatened to kill us if we continue the election campaign," she said.
She demanded the authorities concerned to take necessary steps so that they can conduct their election campaign smoothly.
Contacted, AL candidate Mannan claimed none of his supporters attacked any supporter of independent mayor candidate Abul Bashar Chokdar during the election campaign.
ABM Rashidul Bari, officer-in-charge of Bhedarganj Police Station said they will take legal steps if any complaint is lodged in this regard.

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