A leader of Awami Juba League was killed in a series of electoral violence between the supporters of Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party over electioneering in Noakhali on Tuesday.
The victim was identified as Mohammad Hanif, general secretary of ward 8 unit of Juba League in Eojbalia union.
Witnesses said supporters of Awami League’s Noakhali 4 election candidate Ekramul Karim Chowdhury and BNP’s M Shahjahan brought out separate processions in Eojbalia union in the afternoon as part of election campaign.
The clash broke out when the BNP followers attacked the procession of the Awami League men.
Sudharam police station officer-in-charge Anwar Hossain said the BNP men also hurled pepper powder at the Awami League men.
Hanif suffered bullet wounds when supports of both the parties were chasing each other.
He was taken to Noakhali General Hospital where doctors declared him dead.
Syed Mohiuddin Abdul Azim, resident medical officer of Noakhali General Hospital, said Hanif might have died due to excessive bleeding as he suffered bullet injuries in his legs.
Meanwhile, Ekram Chowdhury visited the hospital and consoled the family members of Hanif.
Local Awami League claimed that a group of 5-6 youths swooped on Hanif and smashed his legs with bricks and then shot him.
It blamed local BNP-Jamaat men for the attack.
In another incident, another Juba League leader, M Zahir Uddin, 30, suffered bullet injuries in an attack by miscreants at Karimpur in Sadar upazila around 12:30pm.
Ruling party candidate Ekramul claimed that criminals first chopped Zahir with sharp weapons and then shot him in the head.
He was first taken to Noakhali General Hospital and then sent to Dhaka for better treatment.
Earlier in the morning, ruling party activists allegedly attacked BNP leaders and activists at Kabirhat in Noakhali over holding a rally of BNP candidate for Noakhali 5 Moudud Ahmed, leaving 30 people injured.
Witness said a group of Awami League activists swooped on BNP activists while they were preparing for holding a rally there around 11:00am. Moudud was scheduled to address the rally.
Moudud said they took permission from the local administration to hold a rally at Kabirhat Zero Point, but the ruling party men attacked his supporters without any provocation and foiled the rally.
Besides, he said, the activists of his opponent and Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader also attacked his supporters at different places on their way to attend the rally.
The BNP leader claimed that at least his 50 supporters were injured in the attacks.
However, Kabirhat upazila unit Awami League president Nurul Amin said BNP supporters attacked a business institution of local Juba League leader Ismail Hossain and manhandled him.
As local Awami League leaders and activists came forward to rescue him, the unruly BNP supporters also attacked them, leaving their 10 leaders and workers injured.
District unit BNP general secretary Abdur Rahman said Awami League candidate for Noakhali 4 Ekramul Karim Chowdhury at a rally at Kabirhat on Monday asked their party men to resist Moudud wherever they will get him.
A day after such provocative remark, he said the ruling party men attacked Moudud’s scheduled rally and foiled it, injuring their 20 leaders and activists.
He said their many other leaders and activists were also attacked at different places by Quader’s supporters.
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