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Allegation of attack on convoy of independent candidate against boat workers in Noakhali

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In Noakhali-3 (Begumganj) Constituency, boat workers have been accused of attacking the convoy of Minhaj Ahmed Jabed, an independent candidate for truck symbol. The incident took place at Gabua Bazar in Eklashpur Union of Upazila at around 7 pm on Friday.

At that time, apart from a microbus in the convoy of independent candidates, a vehicle belonging to the private television channel ATN Bangla was also attacked and vandalized.

ATN Bangla reporter Najibur Rahman and cameraperson Ehsanul Gani Swajan and at least 10 others were injured in the attack. He claimed that 10 of the injured were workers of independent candidate Jabed. 5 of them were treated at Begumganj Upazila Health Complex.

Locals said that in the evening there was a pre-scheduled road meeting of boat candidate Mamunur Rashid Kiran in Eklashpur market. Leaders and workers were gathering there. At the same time, Minhaj Ahmed Jabed, an independent candidate for the truck symbol, held a public rally in nearby Gabua Bazar. At that time, there was an altercation between the boat and supporters of the independent candidate in Gayuba Bazar. At one stage, when the independent candidate Minhaj Ahmed Jabed reached Gabua Bazar on his way back after mass communication, the people of the boat Mamunur Rashid Kiran attacked them with sticks. At that time, a microbus of ATN Bengal and a microbus of an independent candidate were vandalized.

At this time, supporters of independent candidates Farrukh Ahmed, Humayun Kabir, Tofazzal Hossain Ripon, Ifaz, Ismail, Rubel, Md. Rashed, Raihan, Apan and Thanh were injured. They have been admitted to Begumganj Upazila Health Complex.

Independent candidate Minhaj Ahmed complained that when he reached Gabua Bazar on his way back to Chaumuhani after meeting voters in Eklashpur’s Tulabari area, terrorists armed with boat markers ambushed his convoy. 10 of his staff including two journalists were injured.

Journalist of ATN Bengal. Najibur Rahman said, ‘A group of people attacked the convoy of independent candidate Minhaj Ahmed shortly after we interviewed him. As the independent candidate was passed by his men, the assailants vandalized our vehicle extensively. It caused extensive damage to our car.’

Begumganj Upazila Awami League president and independent candidate’s chief election agent Dr. ABM Zafar Ullah said, ‘The candidate of the boat has lost public support and has become a disgrace. Hon’ble Prime Minister said to vote as an independent candidate. But Mamunur Rashid Kiran is trying to spoil the polling environment by creating panic. We will inform the Election Commission about this. If we do not get a remedy, we will be forced to withdraw from the polling field.’

Additional Superintendent of Police of Begumganj Circle. Nazmul Hasan Rajib, Begumganj Upazila Executive Officer (UNO). Mohinul Hasan, officer-in-charge (OC) of Begumganj police station. Senior officials including Anwarul Islam visited the spot. At that time, they said that after watching the video footage, those involved in the incident will be brought under the law. A general diary has been filed in the police station on behalf of ATN Bengal in this incident.

Noakhali-3 Constituency boat candidate Mamunur Rashid Kiran called the current MP repeatedly but he did not answer.


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