Puja mandap vandalized after the clash
A factional clash has left 10 Awami League men injured and six idols of a puja mandap vandalized in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj district.
The incident happened at Paschim Pakunda Gabtoli area under Jampur union of the upazila on Wednesday evening.
Locals and police said Narayanganj district Awami League's Joint Secretary and organizing secretary of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad (SCP) Dr Abu Jafar Chowdhury, along with other leaders of the party, went to visit a puja mandap at Gabtoli.
Near the puja mandap, the motorcade of Abu Jafar was intercepted by a group of 20-25 people, including former assistant president of Jampur union Awami League Humayun Kabir and his son Rubel Miah.
The motorcade was attacked with hockey bats and iron rods, which left 10 people injured and 3-4 cars vandalized.
Confirming the matter, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Sonargaon police station Md Moniruzzaman said: "A complaint has been placed in this regard."
On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control, said OC Moniruzzaman.
The injured were sent to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, he added.
Failing to enter the puja mandap, Abu Jafar and his group left the place.
Later, a group of miscreants vandalized six idols of the puja mandap.
Gabtoli Puja Utjapon Committee General Secretary Advocate Prodip Kumar Bhowmik said: "A group of Awami League activists carried out the attack and vandalized the idols.
"We want the miscreants to be arrested and punished."
Dr Abu Jafar alleged: "Humayun's sons fired blank shots and attacked our motorcade, which left 10 activists of Chhatra League, Jubo League and Swechchhasebok League injured."
Denying the allegation, Humayun said: "We did not attack the motorcade, rather, the supports of Abu Jafar attacked them and vandalized the idols to put the blame on us."
The acting president of Sonargaon Awami League Advocate Samsul Islam Bhuiyan said: "The party will take action against those involved in this incident."