According to police sources, the clash ensued over the ownership of an office room which sent two supporters each of both candidates
At least ten people have been injured in a clash between followers of a Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) candidate and an independent candidate contesting in the Bogra-6 by-polls scheduled for June 24.
Supporters of BNP candidate Golam Mohammad Siraj, and independent candidate Minhaj Uddin Mondal with the Apple symbol, clashed in Pachbaria village of Shakharia union in Sadar upazila, yesterday.
According to police sources, the clash ensued over the ownership of an office room which sent two supporters each of both candidates, to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College hospital for treatment.
Bogra Sadar police station OC, Rezaul Karim Reza, after confirming the incident said security was beefed up in the area to prevent any further untoward situations, and action will be taken if a case is filed.
Independent candidate Minhaj said he was a former BNP member but didn't like the fact that 'outsiders' were repeatedly nominated as candidates in the polls, so he was contending as an independent candidate with the support of former BNP members.
He added that a large number of supporters of the BNP candidate arrived in front of the office which he set up with his own money and demanded he vacate it.
He also said that when the heated dispute spread across both parties, the rival BNP group attacked them with sticks and sharp weapons in the conflict.
Bogra district unit Chhatra Dal General Secretary, Nur E Alam Siddique, said: "Minhaj Mondal is running his election campaign wrongfully, occupying the BNP office in Pachbaria village."
He added that a case will be filed, charging Minhaj and his supporters with injuring men and damaging property of BNP candidate, Golam Mohammad Siraj.