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Pre-election violence: 2 shot dead in CHT, 120 hurt across country

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BNP Candidate Dr Sunsila Jabrin Priyanka in front of her car, which was vandalized during an attack on her campaign, allegedly by local Chhatra League members, in Sherpur Sadar upazila on Monday, December 24, 2018 Collected

In Khagrachhari, two people, including a member of the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), were gunned down

Two people were shot dead and more than 120 injured in violent clashes across the country on the 14th day of electioneering ahead of the 11th general polls, despite army deployment beginning on Monday.

In Khagrachhari, two people, including a member of the United Peoples Democratic Front (UPDF), were gunned down allegedly by the rival Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghaty Samity (PCJSS) MN Larma group in Panchhari upazila on Monday afternoon.

According to sources, a group of PCJSS men shot at UPDF’s Ujjal Bikash Chakma alias Chikku Chakma, 25, and Sohel Rana, 32, in the Pujgungmukh area around 12.30 pm.

Additional Superintendent of Khagrachhari police MM Salahuddin said the two were killed when supporters of the UPDF (Prasit), UPDF (Democratic) and PCJSS (MN Larma) groups clashed to establish supremacy in the area.

UPDF organizer Michael Chakma has condemned the attack, blaming rival PCJSS and the ruling party for the incident.

According to the UPDF organizer, the assailants set fire to the election office of independent candidate Nutan Kumar Chakma, a UPDF leader, around 12 pm. 

When contacted, PCJSS Publicity Secretary Sudhakar Tripura denied their involvement in the incident.

He claimed the PCJSS did not have a stronghold in the area, and the clash was the result of an internal dispute between UPDF members.

In Shariatpur, BNP candidate from Shariatpur 3 constituency Miah Nuruddin Apu and his supporters were reportedly attacked by supporters of his rival, Awami League candidate Nahim Razzaq, during an election campaign rally.

Miscreants vandalize an election campaign microbus of BNP candidate in Bogra's Sherpur upazila on Monday; December 24, 2018 Dhaka Tribune

The incident took place when Apu and his supporters reached the Helipad area in Gosairhat upazila sadar around 10am on Monday.

At least 10 leaders and activists of BNP, including Apu, were injured in the incident. Apu was first taken to a local hospital and then to Dhaka for better treatment.

When Apu and his supporters began his election campaign in the morning, supporters of Awami League candidate Nahim Razzaq allegedly attacked them with sticks, leaving Apu with serious head injuries.

Later, members of law enforcement agencies rushed to the location to contain the situation.

When contacted, Gosairhat upazila Awami League President Shahjahan Shikder denied the allegations of ruling party involvement in the attack. 

He also claimed Apu had been attacked by rival BNP leader Syed Ahmed Aslam, who was denied the nomination from the party in the constituency.

No member of Razzaq’s campaign was available for comment on the matter.

In Joypurhat, Miscreants vandalized and set fire to two Awami League election offices, in Chakbarkat and Puranapoil of Sadar upazila, in the morning.

Awami League candidate from Joypurhat 1constituency Shamsul Alam Dudu, also the district unit Awami League president, said Jammat-Shibir men may be involved in the attack.

However, district unit BNP Organizing Secretary Sirajul Islam Bidyut denied the allegation.

In Lakshmipur, miscreants attacked BNP candidate from Lakshmipur 3 constituency Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Annie and his supporters, when he was carrying out a mass rally in the morning.

Miscreants set fire to a motorcycle in Aramnagar bazar of Sarishabari upazila, Jamalpur on Monday Dhaka Tribune

At least 25 BNP supporters were injured in the attack. They were admitted to different clinics in the district town.  

Annie claimed Jubo League and Chhatra League men armed with sticks and firearms launched the attack.

He also alleged that police fired on BNP supporters during the incident.

In Sunamganj, an Awami League election campaign office was torched by miscreants.

The office was set ablaze in the early morning, at Ujanlalpur village in Jamalganj upazila’s Sadar union, claimed Awami League leaders.

Upazila Awami League President Mohammad Ali claimed BNP-Jamaat men were responsible for the vandalism.

In Noakhali, the motorcade of BNP candidate from Noakhali 5 constituency (Companiganj-Kobirhat) Moudud Ahmed was attacked in the Notun Bazar area.

Moudud claimed Awami League leaders and activists attacked his motorcade in the area around 11:30am. They vandalized two cars and beat up five of his supporters.

All the injured are the leaders and activists of BNP’s youth front Jubo Dal. 

Companiganj police station OC Asaduzzaman said a police team was sent to the site of the incident.

At a press briefing at his village home, Moudud said he would stop campaigning unless he was given more security.

In Barisal, at least eight Awami League activists were injured in an attack at the Pouroshovar Municipality area under Banaripara upazila of Barisal 2 constituency in the evening.

Khalilur Rahman, OC of Banaripara police station, said BNP men attacked Awami League campaigners in the Banaripara bus stand area, leaving eight injured.

In Narsingdi, BNP candidate Moyeen Khan and his supporters were reportedly attacked during an election campaign in the Parulia area. 

A group of police, led by Palash police station OC Mokbul Hossain, pursued Moyeen Khan’s supporters around 12.30pm.

He claimed he was again attacked on his way to the assistant returning officer’s office to place the complaint. 

A group of people also assaulted his personal secretary Bahauddin Milton.     

Milton was rushed to Palash upazila health complex and later shifted to Dhaka for better treatment. 

A clash between Awami League and BNP in Chandpur 3 constituency has left 30 people injured on Monday Dhaka Tribune

“Several local Chhatra League and Jubo League activists attacked us on our way to the assistant returning officer’s office,” Milton said. 

OC Mokbul said the BNP candidate for Narsingdi 2 was blocking traffic while campaigning in the area. 

“We asked them to leave the road, but did not harass them,” he added.

Mokbul also said he had heard that Moyeen Khan’s personal secretary was injured in an attack.

In Moulvibazar, at least 18 people including three police men were injured in a clash between the supporters of Oikya Front candidate Sultan Mohammad Monsur and law enforcement officials in Kulaura upazila in the afternoon.

Kulaura police station OC Sonjoy Debnath confirmed the incident.

In Tangail, the motorcade of BNP candidate Lutfor Rahman Khan Azad came under attack in the Atharodona area of Ghatail in the evening.

At least 14 people were injured in the attack.

The district unit BNP Joint Organizing Secretary Mominul Haque blamed Awami League supporters over the incident.

In Chandpur, at least 30 people were injured in a clash between Awami League and BNP in Chandpur 3 constituency in the afternoon.

Chandpur Model police station OC Nasim Uddin said a case was yet to be filed over the incident.

In Sherpur, 10 people were injured when the motorcade of Sherpur 1 constituency candidate Dr Sunsila Jabrin Priyanka came under attack in Ghughurkandi area of Sadar upazila in the afternoon.

Later at press briefing, Priyanka said she had informed the returning officer about the incident. 

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