BNP candidate for Dhaka-8 constituency Mirza Abbas and his supporters came under attack allegedly by ruling party activists during his election campaign at Segunbagicha here on Saturday.
A group of 30-40 ruling party activists wielding rods sticks attacked Mirza Abbas and his supporters near Segunbagicha kitchen market around 12pm, the BNP leader’s media coordinator, Nahid Nazrul, told UNB.He said at least 60 people were injured in the attack.
Nazrul said police arrested some injured BNP activists instead of resisting the attackers.Later, at a press conference at his Shahjahanpur residence, Abbas said, “I could have died had I not been saved by my leaders and activists during the attack.”He strongly condemned and protested the attack.
The BNP leader said the ‘cadres’ of Jubo League and Chhatra League under the protection of police attacked him and his supporters during the election campaign at Segunbagicha. ”They beat my leaders and activists mercilessly with rods and sticks, leaving at least 60 of them injured.”He said a good number of his supports were admitted to a hospital with serious injuries.
Before the campaign, Abbas said he sent separate letters to Ramna and Shahbagh police stations to ensure his security during the campaign. “But, they didn’t take any step in this regard.”Even, the BNP candidate said, he requested two police officials to prevent the attackers, but they did not act.Abbas said he will continue to conduct campaign braving the attacks and repressions.