BNP candidate’s campaign attacked, shots fired

United News of Bangladesh . Chattogram | Published at 12:27am on January 21, 2021

A road rally of BNP’s Chattogram City Corporation mayoral candidate Shahadat Hossain reportedly came under attack on Wednesday evening at the metropolitan’s Bakolia neighbourhood during campaigning.

The BNP has accused Juba League and Chhatra League for the attack and claimed that at least 12 of its activists have been injured.

But Chhatra League and police claimed that BNP-affiliated Juba Dal was behind the attack.

Shahadat’s media cell member secretary Idris Ali said that Juba Dal’s metropolitan unit organising secretary Emdadul Haq Badsha led the campaign at Bakolia DC road. A road rally was being held at Bolihat after the campaign when it was attacked.

Some of the injured include Juba Dal leaders Md Nuruddin, Md Yunus, Md Nayan, Md Ibrahim, Md Rashed, Md Farid, SM Rubel, Md Amir and Md Azad.

Badsha said a group of sticks-wielding attackers led by local Chhatra League leader Enamul Haq Manik and one Imran, the nephew of the area’s Awami League-backed councillor candidate Mohammad Harun.

‘At least four rounds of shots were fired during the attack,’ the Juba Dal leader said. ‘About 15 of our men were injured.’

The attackers also attacked the house of Juba Dal leader Yunus and kept him besieged, Badsha said.

Bakolia police station’s in-charge Ruhul Amin said that four or five men were injured in the clash.

Chhatra League leader Manik claimed that BNP activists had first attacked them.

The CCC election is scheduled for January 27. A total of 236 aspirants are contesting the polls, including seven mayoral candidates.

There are 1,938,706 voters in the city corporation area.