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Upazila polls: Cop shot in Chittagong polling centre attack

  • Published at 11:00 am March 24th, 2019
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Voting was suspended for an hour after the incident

A police constable has been shot during an attack at a polling centre in Chandanaish upazila of Chittagong.

The incident occurred within an hour after voting began for 117 upazila parishads.

Chandanaish police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Keshob Chakrabarty confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

The OC said: "Around 9:15am on Sunday, a few miscreants tried to occupy the Government Primary School polling centre. They attacked and shot the police when he tried to stop them."

The constable, Farhad Hossain, has been admitted to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) in a critical state, as he had sustained bullet injuries in the testicles, said Additional Sub-Inspector of CMCH police outpost, Alauddin Talukdar.

Voting was suspended for an hour after the incident, Chittagong Additional Police Superintendent Afruzul Haque Tutul told the Dhaka Tribune.

"However, voting has started again," he said. "Additional forces have been deployed. The situation has been brought under control."

When contacted, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Chandanaish ANM Badrudazza could not be reached over the phone.

Earlier, during the second phase of the Upazila Parishad Election on March 18, seven people - including two polling officials and four Ansar and VDP members - were shot dead, and 26 others were injured in Baghaichhari upazila of Rangamati.