Supporters of two factions of Bogura District Transport Owners’ Association, both led by the ruling Awami League leaders, locked in a series of clashes in Charmatha crossing and surrounding areas in Bogura district town leaving 25 people injured.
The office of a faction leader was vandalised and set on fire, at least five buses and 10 motorcycles were vandalised and five motorcycles were set on fire during the clash for over two hours for establishing supremacy, police officials and witnesses said.
One of the factions is led by association general secretary and Juba League leader Aminul Islam and the other faction is led by former association convener and district AL joint secretary Manjurul Alam Mohon, said police officials.
Seven of the injured, including constable Ramjan Ali, were admitted to Shaheed Zia Medical College Hospital for treatment, said the hospital’s deputy director Abdul Wadud in the evening.
Witnesses said that that Mohon along with a large number of people by dozens of motorcycles and armed with sticks and sharp weapons attacked the association office at about noon, vandalised it and then it on fire.
As the vandalism was in progress, Minul’s supporters chased them and locked in clash.
As the clash spread in the surrounding area, police rushed to the scene and opened rubber bullets on and charged baton to bring the situation under control.
During the clash, supporters of Manjurul conducted vandalism at Charmatha area, vandalized local councillor’s office, five buses of Shah Fateh Ali Paribahan buses, 10 motorcycles and burnt five other motorcycles.
Aminul alleged that Manjurul and their supporters with the support of police attacked his office and supporters in which 24 of his people were injured.
Sadar Police Station officer-in-charge Humayun Kabir said that they had to open 20–22 rubber bullets and charge batons to bring the situation under control.
He said that they deployed extra police forces to keep the situation under control.
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