BNP candidate for Dhaka-1 constituency Khandakar Abu Ashfaq was released hours after he was picked up by police today.
A police team brought Ashfaq to the Dohar Police Station for his own safety this afternoon and later his relatives took him away around 8:00pm, Md Sazzad Hossain, officer-in-charge of the police station, told The Daily Star.
Police picked up Ashfaq while he was conducting election campaign in Joypara Bazar area of Dohar upazila around 5:00pm, said Fahima Hossain Jubli, an activist of the upazila unit BNP, who took part in the campaign.
Later, OC Sazzad Hossain confirmed to The Daily Star that Ashfaq was taken into police custody for his own security.
Elaborating the matter, the OC said some BNP men attacked Awami League activists and vandalised two motorcycles there. As the AL men were preparing to retaliate, police took Ashfaq into custody to avert any untoward incident.
He can leave the police station anytime, the police official said responding to a query.