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.
Dhaka, Dec 25 (UNB) –Jatiya Oikyafront leaders, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, on Tuesday walked out of a meeting with the Election Commission (EC) as they found the Commission’s attitude ‘biased and impolite’ one.
“We walked out of the meeting. It seems to us the Election Commission’s attitude was biased and indecorous,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters while emerging from the meeting with Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda and other commissioners around 1:50pm.
Fakhrul also alleged that the government together with the Election Commission is trying to turn the election into a farce.
"We came here with the banner of Oikyafront today to inform Election Commission about the attacks and arrests of opposition leaders," he said adding, "We informed the EC about the attacks and arrest of our leaders several times. But we didn't get any response from them."
Fakhrul said voters are now afraid whether they would be able to cast their votes. "How will the voters go to cast their votes if this situation remains unchanged?" he asked.
The BNP leader claimed that there is no minimum environment for election. "The government and the Election Commission are jointly trying to spoil the election," he said.
Replying to a question about Oikyafront's latest decision, Fakhrul Islam said people will take the decision. "But we won’t let them score any goal in an empty field," he said.
Replying to another question about army deployment, another Oikyafront leader Nazrul Islam Khan said, "We sought army in the field of election. But the EC didn't let army to go in the field as they (army) are working under the EC."
The Election Commission is trying to destroy the army's image, Nazrul Islam claimed.
Earlier, a 10-member Oikyafront delegation, led by its chief Dr Kamal Hossain, sat in a meeting with the Commission at Nirbachan Bhaban in the city around 12 noon.
The other members include BNP General Secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, senior BNP leaders Mirza Abbas, Abdul Moyeen Khan, Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Mostofa Mohsin Montu, Subrata Chowdhury and Nazrul Islam Khan.
Election Commissioners Mahbub Talukder and Rafiqul Islam and EC Secretary Helaluddin Ahmed were also present at the meeting.
Sunamganj, Dec 25 (UNB) – Police arrested a leader of Jagannathpur upazila unit BNP from Sayedpur Bazar in the upazila on Monday evening over sabotage charges.
A team of police arrested Syed Mosabbir Ahmed, 40, organising secretary of BNP, for planning to carryout sabotage activities ahead of the upcoming national election, said Sub-inspector Lutfar Rahman of Jagannathpur Police Station.
Besides, he was accused in two cases, said the SI.
Keraniganj, Dec 25 (UNB) – At least 10 journalists were injured and 16 vehicles carrying them vandalised as some unidentified miscreants attacked them at a rest house in Kolakopa of Nawabganj upazila on Monday night.
A total of 30 journalists of the Dainik Jugantar and Jamuna Television boarded at ‘Shamim Guest House’ in the upazila to cover electioneering of the upcoming 11th national elections for Dhaka-1 constituency, said Azharul Haque, staff reporter of the daily.
A gang of miscreants suddenly started vandalising vehicles of the media houses parked in front of the guest house around 10:30 pm, he said.
Hearing sounds, when the journalists came down, the miscreants swooped on them and beat them indiscriminately, leaving 10 of them including Jamuna Television special reporter Sushanto Sinha injured, he added.
Meanwhile, Shamim Khan, Dhamrai correspondent of Jugantor, has been missing since the incident, Azharul alleged.
Sub-inspector Kamrul Islam of Nawabganj Police Station said they have visited the spot and were investing into the incident.
Feni, Dec 24 (UNB) – Mentioning that army does not belong to any party or alliance, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Monday said there is nothing to be delighted at their deployment ahead of the 11th parliamentary elections.
“Army has taken positions in districts to discharge their duties for the sake of a free and fair election. A quarter is much delighted with the army deployment. But they should keep in mind that they won’t work for any particular party. Their role will be neutral,” he said.
Quader, also Road Transport and Bridges Minister, came up with the remarks while addressing an election rally of the AL-led Grand Alliance candidate Lt Gen (retd) Masud Uddin Chowdhury (Plough) at Ataturk High School ground in Daganbhuiyan upazila.
The ruling party leader also urged all not to make army controversial.
AL contestant Nizam Uddin Hazari for Feni-2 constituency, district AL President Abdur Rahman and its senior vice-president Akram Hossain Humayun were, among others, present at the rally with upazila AL president Master Kamal Uddin in the chair.