Supporters of Awami League and Bangladesh Nationalist Party faced off at Binodpur Bazar in Tarash of Sirajganj that left 10 people injured and several vehicles damaged on Wednesday afternoon.
BNP leaders alleged that despite presence of police, ruling party people attacked them and vandalised two microbuses.
As the scheduled wayside meeting foiled, BNP candidate for Sirajganj 3 Abdul Mannan Talukder went back along with his supporters.
Abdul Mannan Talukder said he came to Binodpur Bazar from Tarash to attend an electioneering rally. ‘As we reached the venue, ruling party activists attacked us and vandalise vehicles that foiled the scheduled programme. Though police was present at the venue, the acted mysterious,’ he said claiming that local BNP activist had rescued him and took to safe place.
Tarash upazila Awami League president and upazila chairman Abdul Haqe said they were not informed of any incident of electoral violence. ‘But there were programmes of both the parties at the same venue,’ he said.
Tarash Awami League general secretary Sanjit Kumar rejected the allegation of BNP leaders claiming that the violence might take place over previous infighting of BNP.
Tarash police officer-in-charge Mostafizur Rahman said there was scheduled programme of Awami League at Binodpur Bazar and the BNP people tried to hold programme there by force that triggered violence.
‘Both the groups chased each other and two microbuses were vandalised during the incident. Police immediately intervened and now situation in under control,’ he said rejecting BNP’s allegation of polices’ acting mysterious.
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