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Upazila polls: Voting suspended at 4 centres in Comilla

  • Published at 10:33 am March 31st, 2019
File photo of a woman putting her ballot paper in a ballot box after casting her vote Dhaka Tribune

A polling agent was injured in a clash in Burichang upazila while an ASI was 'closed' for entering a polling centre in plainclothes

As the fourth phase of upazila polls begins in 107 upazilas, voting at four centres in Comilla’s Titas upazila has been suspended.

The suspended voting centres are Daskandi, Porakandi and Bandharampur Government Primary Schools in Titas upazila and Bareshwar Government Primary School in Burichang upazila.

Confirming the matter, Titas Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Rasheda Akhter said: “Voting has been suspended at the centres before polling even began in the morning, following allegations of stamping ballot papers, attempts to occupy the centre and a chase and counter-chase between the supporters of rival candidates.”

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Moreover, an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Police Masud has been “closed” for entering the Shahapur Government Primary School centre in plainclothes.

According to local sources, a union parishad (UP) member was injured during a chase and counter-chase between the supporters of rival candidates over occupying the voting centre in Daskandi Government Primary School.

Moreover, similar incidents of clashes and ballot paper stamping have also taken place at the centres of Porakandi and Bandharampur Government Primary Schools.

Voting at Bareshwar Government Primary School centre in Burichang upazila has also been suspended over allegations of irregularities. 

A polling agent and another person have been injured in the clashes, chase and counter-chase between supporters of rival candidates.

Burichang police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Anwar Hossain confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.