Narsingdi, Mar 19 (UNB) – Two people were killed and 15 others injured in a clash between two factions of Awami League at Baluchar village in Raipura upazila on Tuesday morning.
The deceased were identified as Iqbal Miah, 27, son of Ahsan Miah, and Aman Miah, 30, son of Robi Miah.
Police said the supporters of local AL leader Faruqul Islam Faruq attacked houses of the supporters of Mirzarchar UP Chairman Zafor Iqbal Manik, also union Jubo League president, and opened fire, leaving 17 people, including four with bullets, injured.
Among the injured, Iqbal Miah and Aman died on the way to Sadar Hospital.
Confirming the incident, Mozaffar Hossain, inspector (operation) of Raipura Police Station, said that additional police have been deployed in the area.
Bagerhat, Mar 18 (UNB) – The deer which entered the locality was released into the Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre in the Sundarbans on Monday.
Local people caught the deer, locally known as ‘Chitral Harin’ after a chase from Chilabazar in Mongla upazila in the morning.
On information, a team of the Forest Department went to the spot and recovered the deer.
Forest Department sources said the deer might have entered the locality after being chased by a tiger from the Sundarbans.
Hawladar Azad Kabir, officer-in-charge of Karamjal Wildlife Reproduction Centre, said the deer came to the area through a river and when they were informed about the incident, a team went to the spot and released it into the forest.
Mohammad Mahmudul Hasan, divisional forest officer of Sundarbans East Zone, said they are investigating the incident and a source was appointed to unearth the reason behind it.
He also suspects that the deer might have been forced to enter the locality due to the rampant activity of poachers in the forest.
Rangamati, Mar 18 (UNB) – Seven people, including an assistant presiding officer, were killed and an presiding officer among 13 was injured in a gun attack on a vehicle of a motorcade carrying election officials and law enforcers in Baghaichhari upazila on Monday evening.
The deceased were identified as M Amir Ali, 37, assistant presiding officer of a polling centre at Kanglak under Sajek and a teacher of Kachalong Girls’ School, Ansar VDP members Jahanara Begum, 40, wife of Tafsil Ahmed of Kachalong Bazar, Mihir Kanti Dutta, 40, son of Sadhu Basak of Karoshtali, Bilkis Akther, 50, daughter of Nur Ali of Paillagona, M Al Amin, 25, son of Selim of Sarikkha in the upazila, Toyeb Ali and bus helper Mantu Chakma, 25, said intelligence sources.
However, the professional identity of Toyeb could not be confirmed.
Superintendent of Police M Alamgir Kabir said the election officials and law enforcers were returning to the upazila headquarters in four vehicles after counting votes at the polling centre in the 2nd phase upazila parishad election.
Terrorists opened fire on the last vehicle of the convoy from a hill at Noymile of the upazila around 6:30pm.
The attack left the six dead on the spot and the others injured.
On information, members of Bangladesh Army and Border Guard Bangladesh rushed in, rescued the victims with the help of locals and took them to the upazila health complex.
The injured include presiding officer of the centre Abdul Hannan, five policemen and three Ansar VDP men.
Of them, six were airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital in Chattogram where one of them was declared brought dead.
Amid a tense situation, security was beefed up there.
Intelligence sources said members of United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF, Proshid Khisa) might have carried out the attack.
They said Barorishi Chakma, nominated by JSS (Santu Larma), contested the upazila parishad election from Baghaichhari against Sudarshan Chakma of JSS (reformists).
Barorishi, however, boycotted the election halfway through, they said, adding that after the announcement of the polls boycott, various posts were made on Facebook threatening to launch an attack.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission condemned the attack on the election officials, saying it will stand by the families of the deceased and the injured.
The commission also directed for ensuring proper treatment of the injured, said a press release.