Local admin imposed the curfew to avert clashes between the camps of AL, independent candidates
The local administration in Tangail’s Ghatail upazila imposed a curfew under Section 144 in the area on Friday to avert possible untoward situation ahead of the next phase of the ongoing upazila parishad elections.
The curfew came as the local election candidate of the ruling Awami League and an independent candidate both arranged to hold election rally at the same venue in the upazila, sources said.
The candidates are Shahidul Islam Lebu of the local unit of Awami League, and independent candidate Arif Hossain, vice-chairman of the incumbent upazila parishad, who is campaigning for the polls under the pineapple symbol, sources in the local administration said.
The duo had arranged to hold their separate election meetings on the grounds of Sandhanpur School and College, which created a tension and fear in the area, in anticipation of a clash, locals said.
Speaking to the Dhaka Tribune, Ghatail Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Mohammad Kamrul Hasan said: “Two upazila parishad election candidates arranged to hold their campaign meetings at 3pm today [on Friday] at the same venue. This is why, to avert any unwanted situation, Section 144 was imposed.”
The UNO further confirmed that additional police officials had been deployed in the area for security.
Later, the Awami League candidate cancelled its meeting. However, followers of the independent candidate moved their meeting in front of the local community clinic – outside of the jurisdiction of the curfew.