4-year-old child among 12 injured in capital violence
Kailash Sarkar

Criminals set ablaze a pick-up van at Dholaikhal around 1:50pm

At least 12 people, including two children, were injured as the activists of BNP-led 18-party conducted subversive activities in different polling areas across the capital on Sunday.

The right wrist of a 12-year-old boy has been blown off in an explosion of an abandoned bomb at Maorartek of Islambagh in the capital early morning.

Son of Kazimul Islam, the victim, Md Raqib, was first taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital from where he was shifted to the Pongu Hospital.

Raqib had been working at a scraps shop and sustained the explosion injuries when he had been collecting scrap materials at 6am.

In Kadomtoli, at least 5 people, including a 4-year-old child and an Ansar man, sustained injuries as three crude bombs were exploded outside the polling centre at Onirban Pre-cadet School around 9:30am.

The injured are Ansar man Yunus Ali, 22, local resident Ameer Hossain, 50, Ali Akbar, 28, and his daughter Jannatul, 4, and one of the alleged attackers, Solaiman Shah. They were admitted to different hospitals and clinic in the area.

Witnesses said unidentified criminals hurled at least three crude bombs from an unknown place leaving those 5 people injured.

However, Mazharul Islam, officer-in-charge of Kadomtoli police station, claimed people only sustained minor injuries in the explosions.

In another incident in the capital’s Chawkbazar, a woman voter identified as Nargis Akhter sustained injuries in an explosion near the vote centre at Sirajuddin Primary School around 10:00am while three other pedestrians were wounded in another explosion near Badrunnesa University College.

Besides, over 20 bombs exploded in Babu Bazar, 30 in Abdullahpur, 6 near Rupnagar Adarsha High School in Mirpur 12, 3 near Anneysha School in Khilkhet, 3 at Uttara-Abdullahpur intersection, 3 near Nawab Habibullah Model College polling centre at Azampur Uttara, 2 near Daowai Madrasa poll centre, 4 at Bongshal, 2 at Fazle Rabbi Hall of Dhaka Medical College, 3 at near Badrunnesa College, 2 near Ashraf Ali School, 1 on the roof of West End High School polling centre and 1 in Kamrangirchar.

Meanwhile, police fired over 50 gunshots to disperse the attackers near Maleka Banu School. However, none sustained injuries in bombs and bullets and none was arrested.

Nisarul Arif, Deputy Commissioner of Uttara zone, said police fired 30-40 gunshots in the area to disperse the anti-election activists while locals caught red handed two criminals while they were fleeing in Abdullahpur and handed them over to police after a good beating.

Moreover, criminals set ablaze a pick-up van at Dholaikhal around 1:50pm.

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