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Election Commission seeks judicial inquiry into Hero Alom assault

The move comes amid criticism of the attack across the country as well as from international bodies

Update : 20 Jul 2023, 06:59 PM

The Election Commission (EC) wants to form a judicial inquiry committee to probe into an attack on Ashraful Islam Alom, popularly known as Hero Alom, during Monday's Dhaka-17 by-polls.

Election Commission Additional Secretary Ashok Kumar Debnath disclosed the information on Thursday.

This constitutional body wants to take this step amid criticism of the attack across the country as well as statements of various foreign countries and international organizations. 

After initial approval, the proposal will be sent to the government. The committee would consist of three members headed by a judge, said the EC official. 

“The file relating to the judicial inquiry committee investigating the attack on the independent candidate is awaiting approval at the commission. The government will form a judicial investigation committee. For this, the proposal of the commission will be sent to the Cabinet Division,” he said. 

Hero Alom was subjected to physical assault in Dhaka's Banani area shortly before the end of voting on Monday.

He later alleged that ruling party men attacked him at Banani Bidyaniketan School and College polling centre in the afternoon “with the intention of murder.”

Later, foreign missions in Dhaka called for a full investigation and accountability of the perpetrators involved in the assault.

The joint statement was signed by the embassies/high commissions of Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States and the delegation of the European Union.

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