In the 10 days following the election of the 12th National Assembly, seven people were killed in poll-centered clashes. More than 450 people, including eight members of the police, were injured. This information came out in an intelligence report of the government. These casualties occurred in a total of 345 clashes from January 7 to January 16, the polling day.
Meanwhile, the non-governmental organization Human Rights Support Society (HRSS) said on Wednesday that at least 15 people have been killed in election violence in the two months since the announcement of the parliamentary election schedule on November 15 to January 15. More than 2 thousand 200 people were injured.
The central leaders of Awami League will visit different districts along with the organizational secretaries of the party. Through this visit, we hope that differences will be resolved at the grass roots level and unity will be created.
Asaduzzaman Khan, Home Minister
According to various related sources, almost all the conflicts in the country have occurred between the Awami League nominated candidates and the supporters of independent candidates. Almost all of these independent candidates are leaders of various levels of the ruling party Awami League.
Meanwhile, in the context of the Awami League’s strategy of putting independent candidates around the parliamentary elections, conflicts have increased at the grassroots of the party. Awami League was also embarrassed by the fact that seven-year-old children voted in Chittagong’s Lohagara and Satkania on January 7.
When asked about the overall issue, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told Prothom Alo yesterday, “The Prime Minister has instructed Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader in this regard.” The central leaders of Awami League will visit different districts along with the organizational secretaries of the party. Through this visit, we hope that differences will be resolved at the grass roots level and unity will be created. Apart from this, we have given some specific instructions to the law enforcement forces on behalf of the Ministry of Home Affairs to stop the conflict.
The miscreants hacked to death Kazi Fuad, President of the Volunteer League of Siddhakathi Union of Nalchiti Upazila of Jhalkathi District. A fight broke out between supporters of the boat and eagle symbol at Gunaighar South Union in Devidwar, Comilla. Nawab Ali, a supporter of the boat symbol, was killed in that fight. Zillur Rahman was hacked to death in Tenggar area of Rikabi Bazar in Mirkadim Municipality of Munshiganj Sadar-Gazaria. He was a supporter of boats. According to intelligence reports, a total of seven people were killed in the next 10 days from the polling day.
Shot, wounded and injured
Independent candidate in Jessore-5 (Manirampur) constituency, Eagle symbol worker Sadhan Kumar Biswas
Independent candidate in Jessore-5 (Manirampur) Constituency Eagle symbol activist Sadhan Kumar Biswas Photo: Collected
Mashiar Rahman, a supporter of the eagle symbol, hit boat supporter Habibur Rahman in Jessore’s Monirampur. An Ansar member was injured in a cocktail blast at Shankarpur school in Jessore. Two supporters of independent candidate Rustam Ali Farazi of Pirojpur Mathbaria were beaten up and injured. Two of the boat symbol and one of the eagle symbol were injured in the clash at Lalmonirhat. A person was shot dead in a clash between supporters of boat symbol and cauliflower symbol at Khulshi police station in Chittagong. Supporters of the polling station’s boat symbol attacked the eagle symbol at Patgram police station in Lalmonirhat. Eagle supporter Tahijul Islam was injured. A lot of such incidents happened between the Awami League nominated candidates and independent candidates’ workers-supporters around the election.
Political analysts say that almost all the incidents of conflict this time have happened between boat symbols and workers-supporters of independent candidates.
Voting rigging and irregularities
Miscreants forcibly snatched away 1,200 ballot papers from the polling station of Ibrahimpur Government Primary School in Belab-Sallabad Union of Narsingdi. 11 fake agents were arrested at Sonapur Government Primary School in Singra Police Station, Natore. In Gafargaon, Mymensingh, there were allegations of fake voting. Polling at Olama Bazar center of the upazila was suspended due to allegations of fake voting in Sonagazi of Feni. Polling was suspended due to irregularities at Bhairab-Kuliarchar polling station in Kishoreganj. A man was sentenced to seven days in jail for casting fake votes in Ashuganj, Brahmanbaria. The presiding officer allowed 2000 votes to be cast in Barisal’s Muladi. On the other hand, at Brahmanbaria Sadar Model Police Station, the ballot box is sealed and filled.
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