Dhaka 23 March: Clashes in four union councils of as many districts during the counting of votes after daylong election have left at least eight people dead.
Quoting police, our correspondents from Pirojpur, Netrokona, Cox’s Bazar, and Sirajganj said all the incidents took place on Tuesday evening after balloting in the ninth Union Parishad (UP) ended.
Five people died in a clash in Pirojpur, while one person each was killed in the violence in the three other districts.
The daylong vote at 712 UPs had ended without any major violence in the afternoon.
Voting was suspended at 65 polling centres due to irregularities and minor incidents of violence, but no one was killed during the vote.
The news of deaths in clashes during the counting and announcement of results started coming in the evening.
Pirojpur Superintendent of Police Abu Ashraf said Awami League activists had laid siege to the Dhanisafa Degree College centre where the counting was under way.
Police opened fire at around 9pm when the ruling party workers refused to move away after hearing that their candidate was losing.
He said three persons died on the spot while three others passed away on way to hospital in Barisal.
Later, Barisal SP Walid Hossain confirmed that two men died when the injured were being taken to a hospital there.