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Tangail UP polls: Voting ends amid sporadic clashes

At least 5 people were injured during a clash in Hemnagar union

Update : 12 Oct 2022, 07:47 PM

Voting in two Union Parishads of Gopalpur upazila in Tangail ended at 4pm amid reports of clashes and violence on Wednesday.

In the Hemnagar Union Parishad election, a brawl broke out in front of the polling booth between the supporters of the Awami League and BNP candidates before voting began. 

At least 5 people were injured during the clash.

Witnesses reported that there was a chase and counter-chase at around 7:30am when the supporters of both sides assembled. 

According to Mosharaf Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of the Gopalpur police station, there was a brawl between Awami League and BNP candidates' supporters over handing agents in the center. Later, when they arrived, the police took control of the situation.

Tangail District Election Officer AHM Kamrul Hasan said: "All of the 28 centres were at risk.”

The Tangail district election office deployed six police members and 15 of the Ansar force in each of the 28 polling stations, labelling them as vulnerable.

The district election office reported that there were 420 Ansar members and 265 police officers on duty.

Four executive magistrates, two judicial magistrates and election officials were overseeing the polls in Hemnagar and Jhawail union parishads under Gopalpur Upazila on Wednesday.

Twelve candidates are vying for the two chairmen posts, 78 for the member and 22 for the reserved member posts. The total number of voters in the two unions is 58,684.

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