Protesting the attack, Latif and his supporters staged a sit-in protest around 2pm in front of the Tangail deputy commissioner and returning officer’s office
Independent candidate Abdul Latif Siddique’s car has been vandalized during his campaign in Tangail’s Gohaliabari area.
The incident occurred in Kalihati upazila on Sunday morning.
Three other vehicles of the former Awami League leader’s motorcade were also damaged.
Protesting the attack, Latif and his supporters staged a sit-in protest around 2pm in front of the Tangail deputy commissioner (DC) and returning officer’s office.
He said: “At the time of the attack we were at the house of Mahir Uddin Talukder, Gohaliabari union’s former chairman. Miscreants attacked my motorcade and car with brickbats and bamboo sticks.
“Before that we were also attacked in an area between Shoratoil and Bollobbari.”
Latif told reporters: “These attacks took place at the instigation of local Awami League MP, Hasan Imam Khan.
“At least 20 of my supporters were also injured in the attack. Four cars, including mine, were vandalized.”
The former minister claimed that Gohaliabari Union Parishad (UP) Chairman Hazrat Ali Talukder led the attack.
He accused Hazrat of illegally removing sand even after he was told not to by government officials. “Hazrat is a follower of MP Imam and that’s why he does whatever he wants.”
Latif demanded justice for the attack and wanted the DC to take necessary action so that he could campaign peacefully.
He said: “The protest will continue till the environment for a fair election is created.”
At the time, Bangra UP Chairman Hashmot Ali and a few of his supporters were there with him.
Later, around 4pm, DC and Returning Officer Shahidul Alam and Superintendent of Police Shajit Kumar, went to the scene and assured Latif that his complaint would be attended to.
But Latif in his reply said he would continue his protest till the Kalihati police station OC is withdrawn. He also submitted a written complaint to the DC.
DC Shahidul said: “We have received a written complaint from Latif and we will take necessary measures after investigating the matter.”
Latif is a former presidium member of Awami League, who was ousted from the party for his derogatory remarks about the Prophet Muhammad (SM) and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy at a program in New York on September 29, 2014.
Latif intends to run as an independent candidate from Tangail 4 constituency in the 11th general election slated for December 30.