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Awami League claims seven of their activists killed in poll violence

  • Published at 12:43 am December 30th, 2018
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File photo of Awami League Election Steering Committee member Md Akhtaruzzaman Dhaka Tribune

A ruling party delegation made the claim during a press conference at the Election Commission headquarters the day before the election day

The ruling Awami League has claimed that, among the eight reported deaths since electioneering began on November 8, seven were members of their party who were killed by BNP-Jamaat men.

The latest death, reported on Thursday, was of an Awami League supporter who, according to police, was beaten to death allegedly by BNP-Jamaat men in Sylhet.
The ruling party has further alleged that their leaders and activists have borne the brunt of violence since the beginning of the campaign.

A delegation of the party, led by Awami League Election Steering Committee member Md Aktheruzzaman, made the allegations during a press briefing at the media centre of the Eleciton Commission Secretariat on Saturday.

They also submitted a written complaint against the attacks to the Election Commission secretary seeking appropriate action.

The delegation said the 11th general elections, set to take place on Sunday, has witnessed the lowest number of casualties compared to the previous parliamentary elections, adding that the Awami League has always been the most affected political party by poll violence.

Aktruzzaman said the Awami League activists came under attacks by BNP-Jamaat men in different districts, including Brahmanbaria, Rangamati, Feni, Rangpur, Rajshahi and Bagerhat.

Many offices and electoral camps of the ruling party were set ablaze and their processions were attacked, he claimed.

“Many foreign reputed news media, including AP, AFP and The Guardian have forecast that Sheikh Hasina will be the prime minster for the third time in a row, and highlighted the development of the country under her tenure,” he added.

The delegation urged the citizens to vote for the boat symbol to help continue the development process.

Pro-Awami League lawyer Advocate Nozibullah Hiru and Awami League‘s Election Steering Committee Coordinator Dr Selim Mahmud also spoke on the occasion, among others.

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