RO asks candidates to inform police 24hrs before meetings

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:35, Jan 24,2020


The returning officer for upcoming Dhaka North City Corporation election on Thursday sent letter to all the mayoral and councillor candidates asking them to inform the local police station 24 hours before their road meetings or indoor meetings.

The direction came against the backdrop of January 21 attack on the election campaign of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party mayoral candidate for the city

Tabith Awal by ruling Awami League-backed councilor candidate for ward 9 Mujib Sarwar Masum and his followers at Barabazar area under Darus

Salam police station in the city while at least 15 BNP leaders and activists, including Tabith, were injured.

Tabith filed a complaint against Mujib with the returning officer.

The returning officer sent letters after receiving two separate probe reports– one by the police and the other by the executive magistrate who was assigned to oversee electoral code of conduct violation in the area.

The probe report by executive magistrate Imran Shahriyar said that the allegation brought by Tabith was related to criminal offence which was not under jurisdiction of mobile court.

He was of the opinion that required action could be taken after detailed investigation.

The probe report by Darus Salam Police said that the incident was nothing but pushing one another which was negligible by nature.

It said that the incident occurred as two processions became face to face as they had been campaigning without informing police.

Acknowledging issuance of the letter, the returning officer Md Abul Kashem said that he would sent the reports to the Election Commission to take required legal action.

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