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BNP, Jamaat leaders sent to jail for attempting to foil upazila polls

Update : 06 Mar 2014, 07:14 PM

A Barisal court has sent 11 leaders and activists of Babuganj upazila unit of the BNP including one upazila chairman candidate to jail, in a case lodged for attempt to foil the Upazila Parishad Elections.

Rejecting their bail plea, Magistrate Rafikul Islam passed the order after they surrendered before the court yesterday.

The accused are Sultan Ahmed Khan, incumbent chairman of Babuganj upazila parishad and candidate for the same post in the third phase of Upazila Parishad Polls slated for March 15, former President of upazila BNP Wahidul Islam Khan, Madhabpasha Upazila Parishad Chairman Sultan Ahmed, President of Babuganj Upazila BNP Yusuf Talukdar, Sultan Molla, Basir Ahmed, Shamsul Huq, Zahirul Huq, Shahin Molla, Monir Haoladar and Mokhles Hossain.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Siddikur Rahman of Barisal Airport police station said the accused had disrupted communication by cutting roads near Madhabpasha Bridge on Barisal-Banaripara Road in the upazila on January 7.

Sub-Inspector Mainul Islam lodged a case in this connection with Barisal Airport police station on the same day.

Ebaidul Huq Chan, president of Barisal BNP, alleged that arrest of the BNP backed candidate, leaders and activists in “false” cases were part of ruling party’s plan for rigging votes in the third phase of the upazila polls.

Yesterday a Barisal court sent Jamaat-e-Islami Barisal unit president Moazzem Hossain Helal to jail.

Defendant’s lawyer Zakir Hossain said Helal was accused in a case of unleashing violence in the Barisal Port Road area during Jamaat enforced hartal on December 5 last year.

Sub-Inspector of Kotwali police station Shohidul Alam lodged the case in this connection accusing Helal and more than 150 BNP-Jamaat leaders and activists for assaulting police and torching and damaging transports on the day.

Helal yesterday surrendered before the metropolitan magistrate court and pleaded for bail.

Rejecting his plea, Magistrate Rafiqul Islam passed the order.

On other hand, Sub-Inspector Shahjahan of Kotwali police station and investigation officer into the case yesterday submitted charge sheets against 19 Jamaat-Shibir activists in a case for damaging and burning buses near the sadar upazila parisad during hartal on September 19 last year.

The accused include Aminul Islam Khasru, Nayeb-e-Amir (vice-president) of city Jamaat, Abdullah Al Nahian, president of city Shibir, Rafiqul Islam, president of B M College Shibir, Kazi Mohidul, Ahsan Habib, Shohidul, Jobaer , Montu and Akash Khan.

Metropolitan magistrate ordered bench officer to file the charge sheet and fix the date of hearing on its acceptance.

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