At least 20 Awami League activists were injured in a factional clash over a village arbitration at Belkuchi upazila of Sirajganj on Saturday afternoon.
The Awami League factions attacked each other with machetes, bamboo sticks and iron rods, according to the police.
The upazila Swechchhasebak League unit secretary Kamal Ahmad, ruling party activists Nazmul, Alamin, Rubel, Bijoy and Rasel were seriously injured.
The injured were treated in Sirajganj General Hospital and other local clinics.
Local people said that the followers of Sirajganj Awami League president Abdul Latif and that of Belkuchi upazila Juba League convener Sajjadul Haque locked horns over a dispute resolution meeting.
A large number of motorcycles and a microbus were also vandalised during the clash.
Abdul Latif said that a local named Rafiqul Islam assaulted one of his female relatives and they sat in a dispute resolution meeting over the issue.
The accused Rafiul is the uncle of Juba League leader Sajjadul. Immediately before the meeting, Sajjadul’s followers attacked the followers of Abdul Latif, he added.
Sajjadul, however, claimed that the associates of Abdul Latif attacked his men.
He said that they went to the meeting, but Abdul Latif and his men did not appear.
‘We were returning to our house from the meeting venue. Suddenly Abdul Latif’s men swooped on us,’ he added.
Belkuchi police officer-in-charge Anwarul Islam said that the clash took place over a conflict resolution meeting. Around 100 motorcycles were vandalized in the clash, he added.
None however lodged any complaint over the issue, he said.
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