Supports of Noakhali’s Companyganj upazila Awami League organising secretary Mizanur Rahman Badal continued their blockade on Sunday for the second consecutive day in protest against an attack on him allegedly by associates of Basurhat municipality mayor Abdul Quader Mirza.
Vehicular movements were prevented as Mizanur’s supporters barricaded roads, set fire on tyres, and brought out protest processions at different parts of the upazila.
The supports also halted transportation service from the upazila town to eight unions. Shops and other business remained closed.
Additional members of the police, the Detective Branch and the Rapid Action Battalion were deployed to avoid any untoward situation.
Mizanur was injured in an attack allegedly by his rivals Saturday afternoon. He blamed followers of Basurhat municipality mayor Abdul Quader Mirza for the attack.
Quader Mirza, brother of Awami League’s general secretary Obaidul Quader, however, brushed aside the allegation.
Soon after the attack on Saturday morning, supporters of Mizanur announced a 48-hour protest programme. They barricaded roads, brought out processions and clashed with police.
The blockade resumed on Sunday morning at Basurhat road, Chaprashihat road, Chaprashihat-Banglabazar road, Char Elahi road, and other places.
Saifuddin Anwar, officer-in-charge of Companyganj police station, said they were on the alert to avert any disorderly situation.
Companyganj upazila nirbahi officer Zaiul Haque Mir said that they were yet to receive any news on any untoward situation. Fire Service members cleared roads by withdrawing three trunks.
Quader Mirza has been a fierce critic of Obaidul Quader for past few months and there have been several factional clashes between the municipality mayor and his rivals.
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