Two dead in AL clash in Rajshahi

Police firing blamed

Our Correspondent . Rajshahi

At least two people were killed and 50 others injured on Saturday afternoon when law enforcers opened fire during an infighting of local Awami League activists over suspension of union council election at Baghmara in Rajshahi.
Tense situation was prevailing over the deaths of ruling party supporters amid heavy rain and blackout in the area, police said.
Locals identified one of the deceased, Siddiqur Rahman, 30, as joint secretary of Awami Krishak League of Auchpara union unit and the other as Jahidul Islam Bulu, 35, resident at village Hatgangopara under Auchpara in Bagmara.
Both Siddiqur and Jahidul died on the spot.
Bagmara police station officer-in-charge Motiar Rahman told New Age that they recovered two bodies from the spot and sent them to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital morgue for post-mortem examination.
The injured were sent to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, Bagmara Upazila Health Complex and union sub centers of Bagmara.
Witnesses said the clash erupted when supporters of Awami League-backed chairman candidate for Auchpara union Jaan Mohammad attacked the house of rebel candidate Shahiduzzaman at village Hatgangapara around 4:30pm in a sequel of chase. Both the factions clashed for over one hour with sharp weapons and hand-made bombs.
On information, the police and Rapid Action Battalion rushed to the spot and fired several dozens of bullets to bring the situation under control, according to witnesses.
It was not clear in what circumstances law enforcers used the weapons, additional district magistrate Syed Faruk Ahmed told New Age. ‘I have heard there was commotion.’
Rajshahi’s additional police superintendent Abul Kalam Azad said the circumstance was still ‘unclear.’
The district Awami League unit secretary Asaduzzaman Asad alleged the victims were killed in police firing.
The district AL leader also claimed that it was not infighting as ‘third party’ took chance during the clash.
At least eight people with bullet injuries were rushed to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.
RMCH physician Arif Hasan said among the injured, the condition of Jahid Hasan, 35, Ujjol, 25, and Moslem, 30, were critical.
Additional personnel were deployed in the area.
Local politicians said tense situation had been prevailing in the area over securing the party nomination in the UP election.
The situation worsened as the Election Commission on Thursday suspended polls at 16 union councils including Auchpara union apprehending violence. Saturday was the scheduled date for the elections of the union councils.

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