Earlier, Quader Mirza claimed that there was a conspiracy going on against him
Violating Section 144 slapped by the local administration, Basurhat municipality mayor Abdul Quader Mirza tried to hold a press conference at Basurhat Rupali Chattar on Monday afternoon.
However, he could not hold the press conference in the face of resistance by the administration. Later on, Mirza sat for a while on the platform set up for holding the condolence meeting.
Mirza convened the press conference at 3pm and turned up at the venue ahead of the schedule.
On information, Executive Magistrate Suprobhat Chakma and Noakhali Additional Superintendent of Police Dipak Jyoti Khisa rushed to the spot.
At that time, Mirza locked into an altercation with them.
Meer Zahedul Haque, officer-in-charge of Companyganj police station said that Mirza wanted to hold a press conference violating Section 144 but the Executive Magistrate informed him that he could not do so.
Fearing deterioration of law and order, the administration of Companiganj upazila imposed Section 144 in Basurhat municipality for 12 hours, banning meetings and public gatherings.
Section 144 remained in force from 6am to 6pm on Monday. The ban was slapped as two feuding groups of the ruling Awami League declared programs simultaneously in the area on Monday.
Abdul Quader Mirza, Basurhat municipality mayor and younger brother of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader, convened a condolence meeting at 2:30pm at Rupali Chattar in the municipality in connection with the death of the journalist Borhan Uddin Muzakkir.
Another faction led by Mizanur Rahman Badal, former chairman of Companiganj upazila parishad and incumbent organizing secretary of the upazila unit Awami League, called a protest rally at 3pm at the same venue.
'Mirza destroying AL'
Coming down heavily on Mirza’s recent activities, the leaders of the Feni chapter of Awami League cautioned Mirza not to play with fire.
Feni’s Dagonbhuiyan upazila chapter of Awami League organized the protest rally at Feni-Basurhat Road on Monday.
Condemning the recent activities of Mirza, the speakers at the rally said that Mirza was destroying the ruling party.
Vehicular movement remained suspended for several hours on Feni-Basurhat Road due to the rally.
The speakers at the protest rally launched into an angry tirade against Mirza and demanded expulsion of him from his party and mayoral posts.
They alleged that Mirza was talking nonsense and resorted to falsehood against the ruling party ministers and lawmakers.
They also termed Mirza as a little unhinged and demanded to send him to Pabna Hospital.