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Truck-boat supporters clash in Pabna, 10 injured

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In Santhia of Pabna-1 Constituency, independent candidate Professor Abu Sayeed’s campaign rally was attacked by boat supporters. In this, 8-10 people were injured, including Abdur Rashid Dulal, the acting general secretary of Bera Upazila Awami League, a supporter of the independent candidate.

This incident took place in Boalmari Bazar of Santhia Municipal Headquarters on Friday evening. Six of the injured have been admitted to the Sathia Upazila Health Complex.

According to the police and locals, the election rally of independent candidate Prof. Abu Saeed was held in the afternoon at Bowlmari Bazar. At the end of the meeting, the leaders-activists and supporters took out an election procession in favor of the independent candidate’s truck symbol.

When the procession passed the office of the Upazila Awami League, the supporters of the boat attacked by throwing bricks and stones from behind. At this time, both sides chased each other and clashed. At least 10 people were injured.

The injured have been admitted to Santhia and Bara Upazila Health Complex. On receiving the information, the police went and brought the situation under control.

Abdur Rashid Dulal, former general secretary of Obera Upazila Awami League, a supporter of independent candidate Abu Sayeed, said, ‘When we came out with a procession, supporters of the boat attacked us from in front of the Santhia Upazila Awami League office. 10 to 12 of my leaders and workers including myself were injured in the attack.’

Mirazul Islam Pramanik, another supporter of Abu Sayeed, said, ‘The supporters of the boat ambushed our procession and injured 10 to 12 of our leaders and workers. Opponents attacked our election campaign yesterday. In this way they are often attacking our leaders and workers.

Sohel Rana Khokon, a supporter of the boat symbol and General Secretary of Santhia Municipal Awami League, said, ‘I was sitting next to the office of Santhia Upazila Awami League. At this time, some youths threw brickbats at us from the procession. They attacked when our motorcycle show-down came to Awami League office. At this time, five people were injured. Three of the injured have been sent to Pabna General Hospital.

Anwar Hossain, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Santhia Police Station in Pabna, said that the police quickly reached the spot and calmed down the situation after receiving information about the attack on the procession.


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