On Friday in Shirishguri area of Gazipur, independent candidate Iqbal Hossain Sabuj’s road meeting, allegations of beating workers were found against boat supporters. At least seven people were injured in this incident.
There is tension in the area due to the beating. Police and local administration visited the spot.
Local residents and activists who were beaten up alleged that independent candidate Iqbal Hossain Sabuj had a pre-scheduled road meeting in Shirisguri area around 4 pm. Local residents and activists gathered there in road meetings. Awami League nominated candidate Rumana Ali’s hundreds of leaders and workers marched with motorcycles and vehicles and reached Pathsabha area. At one point, the activists of the independent candidate asked the supporters to leave the event venue and the Awami League leaders and activists got into an argument with them. Meanwhile, the workers-supporters of the Awami League candidate threw chairs and started beating them with bamboo sticks. They tore the stage mic wire and banner. At least 5 workers of the independent candidate were injured in their beating. Later, the assailants chased the locals including the women attending the event and threatened to leave the venue.
After inspecting the spot, Deputy Inspector of Sreepur Police Station Tajmul Karim said, “The police visited the spot on the news of the boat candidate’s workers attacking the workers and supporters of the independent candidate. Necessary measures will be taken after investigation.’
In this regard, independent candidate Iqbal Hossain Sabuj said, ‘I had road meetings at 17 points for the election campaign. For this I informed Sreepur police station and local administration. In the afternoon, activist supporters of the boat symbol candidate attacked the road meeting in Shirisguri area. At that time, they beat my leaders and activists including the women present. They tore the stage banner. Later they attacked the road meeting in Badnibanga area. There, the convener of the local election management committee and his son were severely beaten and their clothes were torn. Besides, they attacked and vandalized two more road meetings. The matter has been informed to the police and local administration. They visited the spot.’
The candidate also commented that the response to this attack and vandalism will be given by the local people through voting on January 7.
Meanwhile, on Thursday afternoon in Gazipur’s Tongi, there was a complaint that the entrance gate of the independent candidate of Gazipur-2 constituency, brave freedom fighter Kazi Alim Uddin Buddin, was locked. Tongi Government College branch BCL convenor Salim Khan and joint convenor Miraj led BCL leaders and activists to lock the gates of independent candidate Alim Uddin Buddin’s supporters.
Leaders and activists of the independent candidate said that around 4 pm on Thursday, the independent candidate (truck symbol) of Gazipur-2 constituency, brave freedom fighter Alim Uddin Buddin and former mayor of Gazipur City Corporation, Advocate Jahangir Alam, left for the courtyard meeting organized at the Safiuddin Sarkar Academy and College ground with the leaders and activists. Before they arrived, a group of 10-12 people under the leadership of Salim Khan, Convener of Tongi Government College Branch Chhatra League and Joint Convenor Miraj, locked the main entrance gate and left.
A video shows independent candidates Kazi Alim Uddin and Jahangir Alam standing in front of a locked gate with workers and supporters. Later the activists got excited in front of the gate. At one point, the excited crowd broke the lock of the gate and entered the field and took part in the courtyard meeting.
Independent candidate Alim Uddin Buddin said, ‘Mass tide cannot be stopped by barriers. The crowd has woken up now, the more obstacles there are, the more people will move forward. People want change now. At this time, he requested the assembled crowd to answer all the misdeeds by voting for his truck brand.
In the same public meeting, former mayor Jahangir Alam said, ‘The government and the Election Commission promised the whole world a fair election. So we supported the brave freedom fighter Alim Uddin Buddin. People can’t be held back by locks, mics off.’
Apart from this, Saiful Islam, another independent candidate of Gazipur-2 constituency, has complained of burning banners and posters during the election campaign.
He said, ‘After campaigning, local Awami League activists blocked me. Later the police administration rescued me. Besides, my election posters were burnt in many areas. The returning officer has been informed about these issues along with the general diary at the police station.