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Barisal mayor meets administration officials and police after clash

The city corporation said in a statement the meeting aimed at settling the issue that arose from the “unwanted” incident on the night of August 18

Update : 23 Aug 2021, 11:58 AM

Barisal Mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah has met officials of the local administration and police after a clash in a bid to settle the issue stemmed from a “misunderstanding” between its workers and the UNO, says a statement. 

The two-hour meeting from 9pm Sunday was held at the residence of Divisional Commissioner Md Saiful Hasan Badal’s residence, the Barisal City Corporation (BCC) said in a midnight press release. 

Barisal metro Awami League President AKM Jahangir attended the meeting while the district Awami League General Secretary Talukder Md Yunus and city corporation’s Panel Mayor Gazi Naimul Hossain Litu also accompanied Sadiq to the meeting.

“The meeting yielded positive results,” said Jahangir.

With Divisional Commissioner Badal were Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police in Barishl Range SM Aktaruzzaman, the district’s Deputy Commissioner Jasim Uddin Haider, Barisal Metropolitan Police Commissioner Md Shahabuddin Khan, Superintendent of Police Maruf Hossain and chief of Barisal-based RAB-8 Additional DIG Jamil Hasan.  

The meeting aimed at settling the matter, which stemmed from the ‘untoward incident’ following a misunderstanding’ between city corporation workers and Barisal Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Munibur Rahman, said the statement.

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According to the BCC media release, it was decided that the cases started against Mayor Sadiq by the UNO and the police will be withdrawn.

The city corporation alleged that Ansar members of the UNO’s security detail had assaulted BCC Administrative Officer Swapan Kumar Das and cleaners when the workers had tried to remove banners and festoons from Upazila Parishad compound during a drive on C&B Road on August 18.

At one point, the UNO and members of the Ansar shot at Mayor Sadiq Abdullah with the intention to kill him when the mayor had gone to the spot with officials of the city corporation. 

City corporation workers suffered gunshot wounds as they created a human shield to protect the mayor.

Earlier, the UNO and Kotwali Police OC filed two cases over this incident, naming the mayor as the prime accused.

Bangladesh Administrative Service Association demanded the arrest of Sadiq Abdullah in their statement while the local Awami League demanded the removal of the UNO and the OC.

After the meeting, Advocate AKM Jahangir, president of Mahanagar Awami League told reporters that:” The situation arose due to a misunderstanding. Now both sides have agreed to put an end to it.”

During the meeting, both sides expressed the conviction to build a digital and prosperous Bangladesh by working “sincerely with the aim of building a beautiful Barisal forgetting all the misunderstandings of the past.”

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