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Alleged attack on boat center in Jamalpur, 6 injured

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Allegations of attack and vandalism at Awami League election campaign center in Shahbazpur of Jamalpur-5 Sadar Constituency have been made against the workers-supporters of independent candidate Rezaul Karim Reznu. 6 people were injured in this attack. This incident took place in Kaidola village of Shahbazpur Union of Sadar Upazila around 4 pm today.

The injured are undergoing treatment at Jamalpur General Hospital. Among them, the seriously injured were Union member Kasim Uddin’s son, Ward No. 6 Awami League president UP member Niamat Ali (70), his son Jubo League leader Md. Zakir Hossain alias Fakir (40), son of Belal Hossain, supporter of the boat candidate Masud Rana (27) and Maruf Hossain (22).

The injured said that after the boat campaign on Wednesday, the supporters of the boat went to the campaign center of Kaidola village. Meanwhile, Saiful Islam, an activist-supporter of the Eagle symbol, attacked and vandalized the boat campaign center with 10 to 12 people. The Eagles supporters attacked the boat staff-supporters when they tried to stop them. 6 supporters of the boat were injured. Meanwhile, 4 seriously injured people have been admitted to Jamalpur General Hospital.

Joint-General Secretary of Jamalpur District Chhatra League and member of coordination team of Shahbazpur Union Hridoy Akand Chamak said that under the direction of District Awami League, we have been soliciting votes from the voters in Ward No. 2 and 3 of this Union for the past few days. While soliciting votes, we came to know through phone calls that supporters of the boat symbol were beaten up and campaign centers vandalized. Later we took the vehicle with us and saw the injured lying on the ground. Later they were rescued from there and sent to Jamalpur General Hospital. They are now under treatment in the hospital.

Regarding the attack, Abul Kalam Azad, candidate for the boat symbol, said, I have heard about it. Those who committed this attack should be prosecuted. He also demanded that all those who were attacked on his orders be brought under the law.

In this regard, the independent candidate of Eagle symbol Rezaul Karim Reznu did not answer the phone when he called to get his statement. However, the representative of his election management committee, Ikramul Haque Naveen, said that no one has the courage to vandalize the campaign center of the boat symbol. They are making a mess among themselves and blaming it on the supporters of the candidate with the eagle symbol.

A team of upazila administration and police visited the spot in the afternoon. They have assured to investigate and take necessary measures if complaints are received.

Jamalpur Sadar police station officer-in-charge (OC) Muhammad Mohabbat Kabir said that the police went to the scene of the Shahbazpur incident. Complaints will be investigated and necessary action will be taken.

And Jamalpur Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mehnaz Ferdous said, ‘We visited the scene immediately after hearing the matter. The situation is now calm and normal. If anyone complains, we will investigate and take necessary action.’


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