Keraniganj, Dec 25 (UNB) - At least 25 BNP leaders and activists, including its candidate from Dhaka-3 constituency Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, were injured in an attack reportedly by ruling party men during electioneering at Chunkutia in South Keraniganj on Tuesday.
Kawsar Ahmed, local BNP leader, claimed that a group of Awami League men equipped with sticks swooped on the BNP activists during an election campaign in front of Poricharja Hospital around 6 pm.
The miscreants also hurled brick chips at the BNP campaigners.
The attack was launched when Gayeshwar, a BNP standing committee member, was going to Kadamtali from Chunkutia, leaving 25 people, including Gayeshwar, former upazila BNP secretary Advocate Sultan Naser, South Keraniganj thana unit general secretary Abu Bakar Siddique Kawser and Dhaka district Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal president Haji Masum, injured.
Gayeshwar got his skull fractured in the attack and he was kept confined to a shop with his head profusely bleeding, said witnesses.
Later, the attackers left the spot after the journalists rushed in on information, said BNP leader Abdus Salam Azad.
The injured were first taken to Mitford Hospital from where they were shifted to Islami Bank Hospital at Kakrail in the capital.
Shah Jamal, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj South Police Station, said they have heard the news.
Dhaka, Dec 25 (UNB) – BNP on Tuesday voiced frustration over the ‘growing’ incidents of violence across the country, even after the army deployment.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also said their party leaders and activists were attacked by ruling party men and police in 28 constituencies, injuring over a hundred people, including 19 candidates, on Monday.
“Yesterday (Monday) was the most violent day. Police and ruling party cadres attacked the rallies and campaigns in favour of Sheaf of Paddy at different parts of the country,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “The situation didn’t improve, even after the deployment of army. We had expected that the situation would mark a substantial improvement with their deployment…we call upon the army to take steps for ensuring a peaceful election atmosphere.”
He alleged that the situation has turned so worse that police have started spraying bullets on opposition leaders and activists. “Police used to charge batons in the past and hardly used bullet, but now they are firing shots on the leaders and activists of Sheaf of Paddy’ instead of charging batons.”
The BNP candidates who came under attack on Monday include Moudud Ahmed in Noakhali, Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Annie in Lakshmipur, Abdul Moyeen Khan in Narsingdi, Hafizuddin Ahmed in Bhola, Miah Nuruddin Apu in Shariatpur, Sunsila Jabrin Priyanka in Sherpur and Akhtaruzzaman and Shariful Alam in Kishoreganj.
Rizvi said the ruling party men are gradually getting desperate, and taking preparations to ‘capture polling stations and rig votes’ on December 30.
Manikganj, Dec 25 (UNB) – BNP’s Manikganj-2 constituency candidate Mianul Islam Khan Shanta claimed that Awami League activists attacked his motorcade during electioneering at Harirampur Upazila on Tuesday.
He said he was first obstructed in front of the upazila’s Kouri Nurul Islam College. “A group of stick-wielding men later attacked my motorcade at Diabari in the morning,” he said.
“They vandalised five vehicles from my motorcade,” Mainul claimed.
The BNP candidate blamed the supporters of Awami League aspirant Momotaz Begom of obstructing his campaign, attacking his supporters and vandalising vehicles.
Not just Mainul, many other BNP candidates have raised similar allegations against the ruling party ahead of the December 30 national election.
“We cannot expect a free and fair election if the situation persists,” Mainul added.
Dhaka, Dec 25 (UNB) - Awami League joint general secretary Abdur Rahman said Dr Kamal is working as the guardian of those who still believe in Pakistani ideology.
The AL leader came up with the remark while briefing journalists at the political office of AL President Sheikh Hasina in the city’s Dhanmondi area.
Abdur Rahman said, “Dr Kamal yesterday (Monday) pronounced the name of Yahya Khan who was one of the culprits behind the mass killing of 1971. If Dr Kamal stands in front of a mirror of conscience, he will see himself in the mirror.”
Jatiya Oikyafront chief Dr Kamal Hossain on Monday said those who try to deprive people of their voting right are the enemies of independence and successors of Pakistan’s Yahya Khan.
The AL leader went on saying, “Now, Dr Kamal is not only working as the guardian of those who not only believe in Pakistani ideology but also patronize the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family, four national leaders, thousands of armed forces offices, including Major Khaled Mosharraf, Colonel Taher, Shafayet Jamil during the Liberation war, killers of 21st August and war criminals including their family members.”
BNP-Jamaat and Oikyofront men are attacking our people and creating violence across the country, alleged the senior AL leader.
“They also attacked, torched the election campaign offices and Awami League and its alliances by conducting violent activities…the recently leaked phone conversations are the proof. We have also been informed that they are planning to carryout violence sensing the certain defeat in the election."
The Awami League senior leader also called upon all to remain alert about the evil activities of BNP-Jammat and reply them through casting vote for ‘Boat’ symbol.
Chattogram, Dec 25 (UNB) –Three people sustained burn injuries in a petrol bomb attack on a procession of Awami League allegedly by some BNP activists during electioneering at Jahanabad in Sitakunda upazila on Tuesday.
The injured are Abu Salek, Mohammad Raihan and Taiab Uddin.
Witnesses said the activists of local unit Awami League brought out a procession in the area around 11 am and at the same time the BNP activists also brought out a procession.
When the processions of both parties reached Chairman ghata member bari area, a petrol bomb was hurled targeting the procession of Awami League, leaving three people burn injured.
The injured were taken to the burn unit of the Chattogram Medical College Hospital, said assistant sub-inspector AlauddinTalukdarof Chattogram Medical College Hospital outpost.
A chase and counter-chase took place between the activists of the two parties , leaving 15 people injured.
On information, a team of police went to the spot and brought the situation under control, said DelwarHossain, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Police Station.
Necessary action will be taken against those involved in the bomb attack on Awami League procession, he said.