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Jubo League activist killed in Cox’s Bazar clash

  • Published at 01:27 pm December 30th, 2018
Map of Cox's Bazar district Dhaka Tribune

The deceased is Jubo league activist Abdullah al Faruq, who was fatally injured in the scuffle

A Jubo League activist has been killed in a clash between Awami League and BNP in Cox’s Bazar.

The deceased is Abdullah al Faruq, a Jubo League activist who was fatally injured in a scuffle that took place at Matborpara Government Primary School polling centre in the Razakhali area of Pekua upazila on Sunday at 11am.

According to Awami League Pekua unit’s general secretary Abul Kashem, voting was initially taking place peacefully, when a rival BNP group stormed into the centre and attempted to snatch away the ballots.

When Abdullah tried to prevent them from snatching the ballots they attacked him with a machete and severely injured him.

He was taken to Pekua Upazila Health Complex where the on-duty doctor declared him dead on arrival.

General secretary of Pekua BNP, Iqbal Hossain, denied such accusations, adding that Abdullah may have been killed due to an internal Awami League conflict. “It cannot be possible as Awami League supporters had heavily guarded the voting centre entrances.” 

Pekua police station Officer-in-Charge, (OC) Zaker Hossain Bhuiyan, confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune, saying he had dispatched forces to the area and will investigate who killed him.