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10 injured in post polls violence in Gopalganj

  • Published at 07:20 pm March 26th, 2019
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Locals along with the supporters of two defeated candidates block Gopalganj-Tekerhat and Gopalganj-Kotalipara roads in the morning and staged demonstrations in Gopalganj's Sadar upazila on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

Members of police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were deployed in the area to bring the situation under control

At least 10 people including a police constable was injured when supporters of two defeated candidates in Gopalganj's Sadar upazila election blocked roads for the second consecutive day on Tuesday demanding a vote recount.

According to sources, local people along with the candidates’ supporters blocked Gopalganj-Tekerhat and Gopalganj-Kotalipara roads in the morning and staged demonstrations.

Members of police, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were deployed in the area to bring the situation under control.

At one stage, the supporters from the both sides got locked in clashes with the law enforcers, who in turn fired bullets leaving 10 injured.

A police constable was injured when the agitated people attacked  police, said police sources.

Gopalganj police station Officer-in-Charge Monirul Islam said the law enforcers fired 210 bullets, tear shells and rubber bullets.

The defeated candidates and their supporters alleged that the administration changed the election results through rigging.

Earlier, agitators put up barricades on the two roads around 8am, disrupting traffic.

Sheikh Lutfar Rahman was unofficially elected Sadar upazila parishad chairman bagging 37,650 votes.  The election was held on Sunday.

His rival Md Mahmud Hossain secured 37,620 votes and Shah Alam got 34,594 votes.