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AL leader killed, voting cancelled in 7 centres

Update : 23 Mar 2014, 08:43 PM

An Awami League leader was killed and scores of others were injured in a polls violence in Gozaria upazila of Munshiganj yesterday.

Besides, voting in seven centres of the upazila were suspended while a person was sentenced to one-year imprisonment by a mobile court for his involvement in ballot staffing.

Supporters of the ruling party’s rival candidate chopped Awami League leader and union parishad chairman to death in the upazila.

The deceased was named Samsuddin Pradhan, 65, chairman and Awami League president of Baluakandi Union Parishad. He was loyal to AL-backed candidate Amirul Islam.

Around 11am on the day, supporters of Awami League rebel candidate Refayetullah Khan stabbed Samsuddin near Baluakandi Dr Abdul Gaffar School and College centre to take control over the pooling centre, leaving him critically injured.

Samsuddin’s nephew Alamin, Jwel, Litu and Titu were also wounded during the violence. Samsuddin died after he was rushed to the Gozaria Health Complex.

District Returning Officer and Assistant Deputy Commissioner Md Sarwar Murshed Chowdhury said. “Voting in the centre was halted. Army, police, BGB and Ansar members were deployed in the area.”

“Voting was suspended in Alipura Government Primary School and Baghaikandi Government Primary School due to alleged ballot staffing in those centres.”

Following the death of the chairman, his agitated supporters blocked the Dhaka-Chittagong highway around 12pm yesterday demanding punishment to Refayetullah Khan.

Vehicular movement came to a halt on either side of the road due to the blockade.

The army had to intervene to bring the situation under control. In-charge of Bhober Char Police Outpost, Saiful Islam said: “The situation is under control now.”

The seven polling centres where voting was suspended are Baluakandi Dr Abdul Gaffar School and College, Alipura Government Primary School, Baghaikandi Government Primary School, Paikkhar Par Government High School, Lakhsmipur Government Primary School, Kazipura Government Primary School and Gozaria Pilot High School. 

Around 11am, police chased the supporters of Refayetullah Khan away as they were trying to take control over the Madhya Baushia Government Primary School centre. Later, the agitated supporters with lethal weapons vandalised vehicles on Dhaka-Chittagong highway.

Police hurled one round of rubber bullets to control the situation.

Around 2pm, the mobile court detained Mizanur Rahman, 38, and sentenced him one year of imprisonment for vote rigging in Islami Char Government Primary School centre. The executive magistrate of the court Md Alamin gave the punishment.

Chase and counter chase took place in 12 No Tengarchar Government Primary School centre, Imampur Bghaichandi Government Primary School centre, 36 No Karim Khan Government Primary School and Char Baliki Government Primary School centre.

Earlier, voting was suspended for 10 minutes in 13 No Tengarchar Government Primary School centre due to clash between supporters of two candidates around 9pm.

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