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Oikya Front candidate Subrata’s campaign attacked in Gandaria

  • Published at 08:29 pm December 14th, 2018
File photo of Gono Forum Executive President and Jatiya Oikya Front's candidate in Dhaka 6 constituency Subrata Chowdhury Courtesy

Subrata's supporters have claimed that the attack was carried out by activists of Awami League

The election campaign of Advocate Subrata Chowdhury, a candidate of Jatiya Oikya Front for Dhaka 6 constituency, has reportedly been attacked by some unidentified men- at Gandaria area in Dhaka- on Friday noon.

At least three Gono Forum activists were injured in the attack while they were campaigning with Subrata Chowdhury. 

Subrata's supporters have claimed that the attack was carried out by activists of Awami League. 

Masum Billal Fardeen, a personal secretary (PS) of advocate Subrata Chowdhury and Hazaribagh unit president of Jatiyatabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sangstha (Jasas), told the Dhaka Tribune that the incident took place when some of the party members and activists were preparing to campaign in front of Gandariya police station around 12 pm.

A police sub-inspector, who had no nameplate on his uniform, came forward and asked them to move the campaign from there. However, after some arguments, the cop left the place, he added.

A few moments later, some 12 to15 men, all of them carrying sharp weapons, chanting ‘Joy Bangla’ slogan, attacked Subrata Chowdhury with a cricket bat, he said. 

Two activists- named Monir, Wari convener of Gono Forum and Masum- were injured by the attackers, said Fardeen. 

“Following the attack, some policemen came but they did not take any action against the attackers. Later, we left the place,” he added.

He finally said: “We just wanted to campaign for election. We did not form any processions or rally but came under attack. How is it possible in a democratic country?”

The Dhaka Tribune approached officer-in-charge of Gandaria police station over phone, but he is yet to respond to our request for comment. 

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