Polling officer killed; centres torched
Ashif Islam Shaon

At least 10 others were injured in the attack and were admitted in a hospital in Thakurgoan

Violence by miscreants against the national elections left one dead yesterday. About 100 polling centres were burnt down, as were polling materials. At least 20 polling officials and law enforcers were injured.

Assistant Presiding officer of Thakurgaon 1 constituency ABM Jubaidul Islam, 45, was beaten to death by miscreants in Thakurgoan on Saturday night. He was a laboratory demonstrator at Salondar Degree College.

Thakurgaon Assistant Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Muksed said the incident took place at the Raipur polling centre that came under attack by miscreants.

At least 10 others were injured in the attack and were admitted in a hospital in Thakurgoan.

The attackers also hurled petrol bombs in a number of polling centres in Thakurgaon. Sadar upazila’s Bholajan Madrassa polling centre’s Presiding Officer Kutub Uddin and Jhargaon Registered Primary Government School centre’s Assistant Presiding Officer Rezaul Karim were burned in the attacks.     

In Moulvibazar, unknown assailants stabbed Assistant Presiding Officer Md Selim at Borolekha upazila around 7:30pm.

“We assume that the Jamaat-Shibir men did this,” said Tofail Ahmed, SP of Moulvibazar.   

An attack by Jamaat-Shibir cadres left 10 policemen, an Ansar member and a driver injured at Samoskati village, a stronghold of Jamaat-Shibir, under Monirampur upazila in Jessore last night. The law enforcers came under attack while patrolling in a vehicle with Ansar members in the area.

Police said the Jamaat-Shibir men hurled bombs at the vehicle and then attacked with sharp weapons. All members of the team were injured. The condition of Ansar member Mohsin and driver Khaliq was critical, police said.

Jamaat-Shibir activists snatched voting materials from eight polling centres in Sadallapur upazila in Gaibandha at gunpoint. Presiding officer of Tajnagar Government Primary School Sabdar Rahman said Jamaat-Shibir men held them hostage at gunpoint, snatched the voting materials and set fire to them.

In Rajshahi, a group of 12-15 BNP-Jamaat activists in a sudden attack blasted

Polling officer killed; centres torched 10 crude bombs and two petrol bombs at Baya Government Primary School polling centre.

Two police constables on duty at the polling centre sustained splinter injuries. Police detained two BNP activists with several crude bombs from the spot, said Hafizur Rahman, Officer-in-Charge of Shah Makhdum police station.

In Chittagong miscreants torched ballot papers and other election materials in Satkania upazila. While carrying ballots and other election materials for Sadaha Adarsha Mahila Madrasa polling centre, two pickup vans were burned down in Fakirhat area.

In Rangpur over 30 miscreants attacked Damur Chakla Dewan Saleh Madrasa polling centre with sticks and snatched ballot papers and ballot boxes from the centre around 7pm.

Presiding Officer Asad Ali and two Ansar and VDP members were injured in the attack.

In Comilla BNP activists in Monohorganj upazila hijacked five ballot boxes from a polling centre. In Tangail over 30 miscreants attacked Simla Public School polling centre in Gopalpur upazila and snatched away over 1700 ballot papers this evening.

Two Ansar members were injured when attackers exploded a petrol bomb during the attack. Miscreants also stormed into the Khamarpara Government Primary School polling center in Gopalpur upazila around 7:00pm and snatched away all 2869 ballot papers from there, said Tanzina Islam, upazila nirbahi officer in Gopalpur upazila.

Polling centres, mostly schools, have been burnt down across the country since Friday.

The arson attacks increased after the announcement of a 48-hour hartal on Friday night, alongside the nonstop country-wide blockade, by the opposition 18-party alliance that has called upon the nation to resist the elections.

By 11am yesterday the miscreants had burnt down more than 88 polling centres in at least 32 districts including the capital. They also set fire to election materials, including ballot papers, in Chittagong and Gaibandha in the afternoon.

In many places, schools books, furniture and classrooms were burnt to ashes.

In the Jamaat dominated district Satkhira, miscreants torched two polling centres at Godaghat Government Primary School in broad daylight.

Police said the incident took place around 11am.

In the capital, miscreants torched two schools at Gaunia and Mollartek in the morning. Locals and law enforcers doused the fire before the flames could spread.

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