10 AL men injured in post-polls violence | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, January 01, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:14 AM, January 01, 2019

10 AL men injured in post-polls violence

22 houses vandalised

Polls violence continued yesterday as supporters and activists of Sunday's election winners swooped on those of the defeated candidates.

Ten Awami League activists were injured in an attack by supporters of a rival group in Gazipur while AL activists allegedly set fire to a house and a poultry farm and vandalised at least two other houses of BNP supporters in Chapainawabganj.

In Faridpur, some 20 houses of AL supporters were vandalised and seven more looted Sunday night and yesterday morning allegedly by supporters of an independent candidate who defeated the ruling party contender.

Meanwhile, a BNP activist in Barura upazila, Cumilla, and an AL activist in Rajshahi died of injuries that they had sustained during election-day violence.

The violence in Gazipur took place as supporters of Kawraid Union Parishad's former acting chairman Harun Fakir attacked supporters of Kawraid Union Parishad Chairman Robikul Islam Mondol. A running battle took place between the two groups after Harun's supporters brought out a rally celebrating the victory of an AL candidate.

Harun is a follower of the AL leader who won from Gazipur-3 while the leader who Rokibul follow failed to get the party ticket to contest the polls.

In Shibganj upazila of Chapainawabganj, the house of BNP supporter Jewel and poultry farm of Aminul Islam were torched yesterday. Two more houses were vandalised in Boro Chak area around 11:30am, reports our Chapainawabganj correspondent.

Locals brought the fire under control before fire-fighters reached the spot. No one was injured in the incident.

Meanwhile, alleged supporters of an independent candidate carried out a series of attack targeting those of a defeated AL candidate.

BNP activist Shakhawat Hossain, 20, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital of his injuries he had suffered a day before in Cumilla.

AL activist Ismail Hossain, 50, died at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where he had been admitted with injuries from an attack allegedly carried out by BNP men at a Rajshahi polling centre on the election day, reported our Rajshahi correspondent.

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