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Tabith: It was a planned attack

  • Published at 03:13 pm January 21st, 2020
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Photo shows attack on Tabith Awal during his election campaign in Dhaka's Gabtoli area on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 Dhaka Tribune

Tabith's supporters claimed that five to seven people were injured in the attack

BNP-backed Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayoral aspirant Tabith Awal has claimed the attack carried out on him during the polls campaign in Dhaka’s Gabtoli area was planned.

He made the statement while speaking to reporters after the attack in Kalyanpur on Tuesday.

"I believe, a planned attack was carried out on me in this morning at Ward 9," he said.

"Before this, my campaign was barred at Ward 10. These incidents happening in the same area cannot be a coincidence in any way," the mayoral aspirant added.

Tabith alleged that a gang of goons, led by Awami League-supported councillor candidate for Ward 9 Mujib Sorwar Masum, attacked him and his followers from behind.

Tabith's supporters claimed that five to seven people, including the mayoral aspirant, were injured in the attack.

An injured BNP activist during the election campaign in Gabtoli area of Dhaka on January 21, 2020 | Dhaka TribuneAfter the attack, Tabith began his campaign in Kalyanpur area.

On the other hand, Masum said his polls campaign confronted Tabith's campaign when offensive slogans against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, were shouted by BNP men.

"Consequently, Awami League activists, along with local people, became agitated and a brawl took place there."

Darussalam police station Inspector (investigation) Dulal Hossain said there was a commotion when two opposite campaigns faced off each other.

"However, the incident did not escalate into major violence," he said.

The elections to DNCC and Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) have been rescheduled for February 1.