Motorcades of Fakhrul, Seraj attacked

Our Correspondent | Published: 13:35, Dec 11,2018 | Updated: 16:55, Dec 11,2018


The motorcade of Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir comes under attack at Danarhat in Thakurgaon on Tuesday. — New Age photo

The motorcades of Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and former MP Golam Mohammad Seraj came under attack in Thakurgaon and Bogura on Tuesday.

Fakhrul, the party’s candidate for Thakurgaon 1 constituency, was on his way for election campaign there, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan.

Locals said unidentified miscreants attacked on the motorcade when he was going to attend a electioneering meeting at Danarhat Bazar in Thakurgaon. At least five vehicles including Mirza Fakhrul’s one were damaged and 10 person got injured in the attack.

Abu Nur, president of Thakurgaon unit Juba Dal, alleged that ruling party activists led by the local Awami league leader and union parisad chairman Bani Amin attacked the motorcade.

Bani amin did not receive phone calls verify the authenticity of Nur’s claim.

Thakurgaon sadar police station officer-in-charge Mostafizur Rahman said over phone that local people attacked on Mirza Fakhrul’s motorcade when he was going to attend a rally with motorcade violating election rules. Police are investigating about the incident and necessary action will be taken against the attackers, he said. 

In Bogura, at least twelve people were injured when the motorcade of BNP aspirant Golam Mohammad Siraj for Bagura 5 constituency came under attack in Dhanut on Tuesday, reports United News of Bangladesh.

Witnesses said a group of people equipped with sticks swopped on the motorcade BNP leader while he was going to attend election rallies in Nimgacchi and Elangi unions of the upazila around 10:30am.

The attackers also vandalised around 13-14 motorbikes, four vehicles as well as set fire on four motorbikes during the attack.

Of the injured, six were given first aid while others were taken to a local hospital.

On information, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control, said additional superintendent of Sherpur (circle) police.

Meanwhile, a tense situation was prevailing in the area following the incident.

However, Golam Mohammad Siraj, former MP, at a press briefing blamed the activists of the ruling party for the attack.

‘Police remained silent during the incident which is also a big obstacle for holding a free fair election,’ he said.

He also demanded the arrest of those involved in the incident for bringing back the election atmosphere.

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