More than 50 people were injured in a factional clash between two groups of the ruling Awami League in Faridpur’s Saltha on Friday led by the current and former union parishad (UP) chairmen.
Police used two sound grenades, 14 teargas canisters and 56 blank shots from shotgun to quell the clash, Saltha Police Station’s Officer-in-Charge Mohammad Ali Jinnah said.
The hours-long clash started on Thursday noon and continued until Friday morning in Majhardia union’s Kumarpotti and Majhardia villages.
Locals said incumbent UP Chairman Md Habibur Rahman and former chairman Md Shahiduzzaman had been at loggerheads over control of the area. Both are vice-presidents of the ruling party’s Saltha upazila unit.
Their animosity took a turn for the worse ahead of the UP election.
Locals said the clashes first started on Thursday noon and ran until late night during which a number of houses in Kumarpotti village were vandalised. Thirty-one people, including six policemen, were injured.
Supporters of the two Awami League leaders fought running battles on Friday morning.
But the clash on Friday was more severe, leaving more than 50 people injured. At least 15 houses were attacked and vandalised this time.
The injured were admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, Faridpur General Hospital and Nagarkanda Upazila Health Complex.
Incumbent chairman Habibur’s son Faruk Hossain said the supporters of Shahiduzzaman were behind Thursday’s clash.
“After the clash, they assaulted one of our supporters. The ensuing clash took place in the afternoon,” he said. “They beat up another of our supporter at Majhardia market on Friday, triggering fresh clashes.”
But Shahiduzzaman rejected the allegation and blamed Habibur’s supporters for the clashes.
“After the Kumarpotti village clash, Habibur’s supporters vandalised the house of my supporter Jinayet Molla and chased us, leading to running battles,” he said.
“We’re in keeping touch with police to make sure the situation does not deteriorate,” he said.
‘Den Mohr’, the money given by the bridegroom to the bride, has somewhat become a matter of showoff these days. But a wedding that people saw in Faridpur on Friday shattered the conventional perception.
The ‘Den Mohr’ was fixed at Tk 1 at the insistence of the bride and her family.
Bipasha Aziz, 25, the only daughter of Madaripur residents Azizul Haq and Nasrin Sultana, works at a private company in Dhaka. Her husband, Ashikuzzaman Chowdhury, 30, a resident of Faridpur, is a businessman.
Those who attended the unique marriage said the bride had decided on the token ‘Den Mohr’ since she is financially solvent. But the Quazi, who administered the marriage, wrote Tk 200,000 as Mohr.
When Bipasha came to know about it, she and her mother informed the Quazi about their decision and changed the amount to Tk 1.
Faridpur Nagarik Committee President Awlad Hossain said the bride’s side usually forces the bridegroom to raise the Mohr.
“But this is an exception as a self-dependent woman exhibits her dignity,” he said.
However, Faridpur BlAST coordinator Shipra Goswami did not agree.
“Mohr is the right of a woman. It’s fixed after considering the financial condition of the bridegroom and the woman’s social standing,” she said.
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Shipra said there is no place for emotion when it comes to fixing Mohr.
“One can go for a Tk 1 Den Mohr but it’s not practical,” she said. “Her financial condition might be good now but who knows about the future!”
Nevertheless, everyone appreciated the bold and unusual move and prayed for the well-being of the newly-wed couple.
A fire broke out at the particle board factory of Partex Group in Narayanganj port area on Friday night.
Eleven firefighting units contained the blaze after about 90 minutes.
The fire broke out around 7pm at the factory.
Freedom Fighter Abdul Latif, the factory’s administrative officer, said the fire was sparked by the friction of machines.
“It spread rapidly and destroyed the machinery and raw material,” he said.
There has been no casualty, said Fire Service and Civil Defence’s Dhaka office Deputy Director Debashish Bardhan.
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Eleven firefighting units from Narayanganj, port and Sonargaon contained the flames around 9pm.
The extent of damage could not be known yet, he said.
Rab members arrested a man with a firearm and bullet from Sarankhola during a Friday morning raid.
Faruk Sepai, 51, was arrested with a foreign-made pistol, a bullet and a magazine from Amragachhia Bazar.
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Rab Khulna-6 said Sepai is a resident of Amragachhia village.
A Rab handout said they conducted a raid in the market place after being tipped-off that illegal firearms were being traded.
Sepai was arrested from spot and was later handed over to Sharankhola police.
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has summoned 15 Thakurgaon teachers to interrogate them about irregularities in teachers’ transfer and recruitment, Primary School Certificate (PSC) exam and scholarship results.
Also, there are accusations that they had harassed their colleagues.
The 15 teachers were asked to appear at the ACC office, on different days, within the second and third week of this month.
Md Jinnatul Islam, deputy assistant director of ACC’s Dinajpur office, asked for Thakurgaon Primary Education Officer Harunur Rashid’s assistance in this connection in a letter signed on January 5.
When asked, Harunur Rashid said on Thursday, “I am aware of the allegations but yet to receive any letter.”