Bagura, Dec 11 (UNB) – At least twelve people were injured when the motorcade of BNP aspirant Golam Mohammad Siraj for Bagura-5 constituency came under attack in Dhanut upazila headquarters here on Tuesday.
Witnesses said a group of people equipped with sticks swopped on the motorcade BNP leader while he was going to attend election rallies in Nimgacchi and Elangi unions of the upazila around 10:30 am.
The attackers also vandalised around 13-14 motorbikes, four vehicles as well as set fire on four motorbikes during the attack.
Of the injured, six were given first aid while others were taken to a local hospital.
On information, police went to the spot and brought the situation under control, said Additional Superintendent of Sherpur (Circle) Police.
Meanwhile, a tense situation was prevailing in the area following the incident.
However, Golam Mohammad Siraj, former MP, at a press briefing blamed the activists of the ruling party for the attack.
“Police remained silent during the incident which is also a big obstacle for holding a free fair election,” he said.
He also demanded the arrest of those involved in the incident for bringing back the election atmosphere.
Thakurgaon, Dec 11 (UNB) – The motorcade of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir came under attack at Danarhat in Sadar upazila on Tuesday noon on his way to the district town from Saidpur Airport, leaving at least 10 people injured.
BNP district president Taimur Rahman alleged that a group of Awami League leaders and activists made the attack on Fakhrul’s motorcade around 12:05 pm, damaging at least eight vehicles of the BNP leader’s motorcade.
Besides, he said, their party’s 10-15 people were injured during the attack.
However, Fakhrul managed to escape the attack unhurt.
Talking to UNB, Fakhrul’s personal secretary Mohammad Yunus said the BNP leader went to Saidpur Airport from Dhaka by air in the morning.
On his way to the Thakurgaon district town, he said, the BNP secretary general went to Danarhat area to visit the houses of some BNP activists who were arrested by police on Monday night.
Yunus alleged that some ruling party leaders, led by local UP Chairman Boni Amin, equipped with sticks took position behind a police van near a road crossing, and attacked Fakhrul’s motorcade when it was passing through the area.
He said police played the role of a silent spectator instead of taking any step to resist the attackers.
As the news of the attack spread, Yunus said several hundred local people rushed in, but Fakhrul pacified them and urged them to have patience.
Yunus said the BNP secretary general is scheduled to kick off his election campaign through a rally in Garoa area under Sadar upazila in the afternoon.
Fakhrul is contesting the election from two seats--Thakurgaon-1 and Bogura--in the 11th parliamentary elections.
Dhaka, Dec 11 (UNB) - The Election Commission on Tuesday filed an appeal with the Appellate Division of Supreme Court against an High Court order that cleared the way for BNP leaders Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku and Ruhul QuddusTalukder Dulu to contest the 11th parliamentary election.
The Chamber judge is likely to hear the appeal in this afternoon (Tuesday), said Tuku’s lawyer Advocate Taijullah Mamun.
The High Court on Monday stayed the Election Commission’s decision declaring invalid BNP leaders clearing the way for them to contest the 11th parliamentary election.
Earlier, the EC rejected the appeals by BNP's Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku from Sirajganj-2 and Ruhul KuddusTalukdarDulu from Natore-2 and stayed the decision of the returning officers.
The BNP leaders filed petitions on Sunday against the decision of the Election Commission.
Dhaka, Dec 10 (UNB) – BNP secretary general on Monday said the election campaign kicked off across the country without ensuring a level-playing field.
“The election campaign began today (Monday), but we see there’s no level-playing field,” he told at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.
The BNP leader said their party candidates cannot smoothly carry out election campaign as their leaders and activists are still being arrested by law enforcers. “Our senior leaders are also still in jail.”
He alleged that their party leaders, including some candidates, are not getting bail from the lower court due to frequent deferment of hearing date. “It’s unfortunate that the judiciary has been used to delay our leaders’ bail.”
Fakhrul called upon the government and the Election Commission to create a proper atmosphere so that all can carry out electioneering.
He also demanded the government release their chairperson Khaleda Zia and their party’s arrested election candidates.
The BNP leader said he will go to Thakurgaon on Tuesday to start election campaign at his home constituency. “I’ll also go to Bogura for electioneering and return to Dhaka two days later.”
Fakhrul is contesting the upcoming parliamentary polls from two seats--Thakurgaon-1 and Bogura.
Noakhali, Dec 10 (UNB) - Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said women and young voters will be the main weapons for Awami League to win the upcoming 11th parliamentary elections slated for December 30.
“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has established Digital Bangladesh for the advancement of young people while honoured women inserting a provision for mothers’ signatures alongside fathers for birth registration,” he said.
Quader, also the ruling party candidate from Noakhali-5 constituency, was addressing a wayside rally in front of Govt Mujib College in Basurhat in Companiganj upazila after the allocation of electoral symbols among the contestants.
He also said people are now using 14 crore phones across the country, thanks to the contribution of Sheikh Hasina.
The Awami League leader sought votes for his party to continue the development pace.
About BNP senior leader Barrister Moudud Ahmed who is contesting the polls against him from Noakhali-5 constituency, Quader said the present government unleashed so much development in his area which Modudu could not do in 22 years.