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Awami League factional tussle creates anarchy at Chittagong and Comilla

  • Published at 04:44 pm December 7th, 2019
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File photo of the Awami League central office at Bangabandhu Avenue, Dhaka Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

According to the eyewitnesses, the incident took place at Laldighi Maidan around 10am on Saturday, between followers of two leaders

Two factions have engaged in a scuffle and threw plastic chairs at each other before the inauguration of the triennial council of the north district chapter of Awami League in Chittagong.

According to the eyewitnesses, the incident took place at Laldighi Maidan around 10 am yesterday, between followers of two local leaders. 

However, the central leaders of the organization were not present at the time of the scuffle.

According to the witnesses, the followers of Gias Uddin, former Upazila chairman of Mirsarai Upazila, and Ataur Rahman, former president of Mirsarai Upazila Awami League, locked into an altercation when they entered the council venue.

The altercation between the two factions led to a scuffle, that included throwing of chairs at one another, which continued for around 10 minutes. Later, the police intervened and calmed the factions.

Noble Chakma, CMP assistant commissioner (Kotwali Zone) said there was a brief tension between two groups.

“We intervened and brought the situation under control. No one was injured, and the council continued without any major disruption,” said the police official.  

Awami League Presidium member and former president of Chittagong north district chapter Engineer Mosharraf Hossain inaugurated the triennial council around 11:30 am.

Awami League General Secretary, and also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, Obaidul Quader was not present at the venue during the scuffle.

Obaidul Quader attended the council around 1 pm.

 ‘Hooligans’, ‘godfathers’ can’t be leaders: Quader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the days of becoming leaders by unleashing chaos and thuggery are over.

Quader came up with the remarks while voicing annoyance over the chaos and disorder unleashed by party activists during the council of Awami League’s Chattogram district (north) unit at Laldighi Maidan in the city yesterday , reports UNB.

Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, was the chief guest at the council inaugurated by party Presidium member Eng Mosharraf Hossain.

Sharply reacting to the slogans shouted in the name of ABM Fazle Karim, MA Salam and Sheikh Akhtar Quader said, “Do you think we’ll make you leaders because of your slogans? The days of becoming a leader by chanting slogans, maintaining supremacy in an area and unleashing hooliganism are over.”

The AL leader further said, “Activists having a clean image and a record of dedication to the party will become leaders from now on.”

Quader reminded them that no-one of those who had a huge number of people shouting slogans in favour of them, carrying banners and billboards around in their names in Dhaka city could become the president/secretary of the party.

The aftermath of the scuffle between two factions of Awami League before the inauguration of the triennial council of north district chapter of the party in Chittagong on Saturday, December 7, 2019 | Dhaka Tribune

“We’ve many workers …we don’t need any bad people. The workers who killed Abrar at Buet, we don’t need them. Similarly, we don’t need those workers at Chattogram University who fight and quarrel at the drop of a hat,” the minister asserted.

Mentioning that Awami League will evaluate its dedicated and selfless activists, Quader said politics is not for the coward, but for the brave-hearted people.

Information Minister and AL Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, Abdul Matin Khasru, MP, Awami League Presidium Member and Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Organising Secretary AKM Enamul Haque Shameem were, among others, present at the council.

0ne policeman and eight Awami League leaders hurt in Comilla

A similar type of incident has caused one policeman and at least eight Awami League leaders to be injured In Barura, Comilla.

According to party sources, the fight between the two factions started when Nashimul Alam Chowdhury Nazrul, convenor of Barura Upazila Awami League and Member of Parliament Comilla-8 (Barura) seat, and Chairman of Barura Upazila Parishad ANM Mainul Islam, supported by the Barura Upazila Awami League, announced the Upazila Awami League tri-annual conference on the same date at the same venue.

Upazila administration yesterday imposed section 144 in the conference site, in fear of clashes surrounding the conference as there were earlier fights surrounding the conference. Upazila Executive Officer Anisul Islam came to the conference venue at the central Eidgah ground and announced that the ban will continue until further announcement.

Comilla Additional Police Superintendent Abdullah Al Mamun said: “The Upazila administration had imposed section 144 in the area in fear of clashes between the two factions. Additional police are also deployed there to avoid unpleasant situations”.

Former Upazila Awami League General Secretary Mostafizur Rahman Bhuiyan said: “Nazrul wanted to hold the conference without informing us. Besides, the president of the district committee, Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, is out of the country, and Nazrul was preparing to hold an early conference without informing him. So we also proceeded to have a council.”

On the other hand, Nasimul Alam Chowdhury Nazrul said: “ I am the convenor of the Upazila Awami League. We announced the place and day for the conference a long time ago. However, I do not know if anyone else in the Awami League announced anything.