BNP’s Ariful reelected SCC mayor: A JCD leader killed in Sylhet attack

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Sylhet, August 12: BNP candidate Ariful Haque Chowdhury has been unofficially declared elected mayor of Sylhet City Corporation (SCC).Meanwhile, a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) was killed and two others injured critically in an attack by unknown criminals in Sylhet city on Saturday night while BNP and JCD leaders and activists celebrating Ariful’s victory in front his residence.

The deceased Foyzul Haque Raju, 32, was former assistant publication secretary of the JCD city unit, our Sylhet correspondent report quoting sources.

However, Ariful was elected for the second consecutive time on Saturday by defeating Awami League candidate Bador Uddin Ahmed Kamran.

Ariful bagged 92,598 votes while his nearest candidate Kamran got 82,397 votes.

BNP candidate Ariful Haque Choudhury was leading the mayoral race with 90,496 votes, while his rival ruling Awami League candidate Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran got 85,870 votes in the Sylhet city polls held on July 30.

Difference between their votes was 4,626 with the two centres having 4,787 registered voters.

For a mere margin of 161 votes, the final result was postponed by the Election Commission after declaring results of 132 out of total 134 centres.

The two critically injured JCD members are undergoing treatment at the hospital, the hospital director said.

They were attacked by some members of a rival group of the same party in a gathering at the winner of Sylhet City Corporation election Ariful Haque Choudhury’s house in Kumarpara area in the city around 9:00pm.

An altercation between two fractions of JCD men ensued after thousands of BNP and JCD leaders and activists gathered in front of Ariful’s house to celebrate his victory in the city polls, Witnesses told the correspondent.

The attackers snooped on a group of the party men, witnesses added.

The criminals fired at them and used sharp weapons during the attack, the correspondent reports quoting the witnesses.

Abdul Wahab, additional deputy commissioner (media) of Sylhet Metropolitan Police said that additional policemen have been deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident.