Dhaka, May 28: At least nine people including a chairman candidate were killed and many others injured in separate incidents of election violence during Saturday’s fifth phase union parishad (UP) polls.
Four people were killed and 46 others including policemen were injured in a clash in Bahadurbad union of Dewanganj upazila, said Mostasinur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Dewanganj Police Station.
The deceased were identified as: Majed, 15, Nurul Islam, 55, Ziaur Rahman, 35, and Nabirul Islam. Of them, Majed died on the spot, Nurul and Ziaur died while on way to a local health complex.
Two people were killed in Patiya and Karnaphuli upazila in Chittagong. The deceased, Babul Shil, 50, died in a clash between rival member candidates at Patiya upazila under the district.
Deceased Md Yasin was attacked near Shah Mirpur Government Primary School voting centre, said Harun-or-Rashid, deputy commissioner (port) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
Supporters of a rival member candidate swooped on him with sticks and knives, he said. The victim was declared dead when rushed to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Sirajul Islam, 50, an activist of Awami League, was shot dead and six others were injured in a clash between the supporters of Awami League and BNP at Razganj Government High School polling centre in Razganj union in Begumganj upazila on Saturday morning.
Police said the clash ensued when the supporters of Awami League-backed chairman candidate stormed the polling centre for taking its control.
Later, both the groups exchanged gunfire, leaving Sirajul Islam, 50, dead on the spot and six others injured, said Illias Sharif, superintendent of police, Noakhali.
A rebel chairman candidate of BNP Kamal Uddin killed in Comilla’s Balarampur UP.
Officer-in-charge of Titas police Moazzem Hossain said he was killed during a clash between his opponent group at Nagerchar Government Primary School polling centre at around 3pm.
At least 25 people including three with bullets, were injured in separate clashes in various unions of Sadar upazila over taking control over the polling centre and vote rigging.
Meanwhile, police arrested 11 people from different parts of the upazila on charge of casting fake votes.
Several crude bombs were exploded when the supporters of two member candidates locked into a clash at Mohammadpur Government Primary School polling centre under Ramaril union in sadar upazila.
Police fired bullets to disperse them and brought the situation under control. Voting in two polling stations of Senbagh upazila of Noakhali and Dewanganj upazila of Jamalpur district were suspended over allegations of ballot snatching and occupying polling stations.
Besides, eight BNP-backed chairman candidates boycotted the election in Brahmanbaria, Laxmipur and Noakhali districts.