Dhaka – Clashes in four union councils in as many districts during the counting of votes after daylong election have left at least nine people dead, according to reports coming from the districts.
All the incidents took place on Tuesday evening after balloting in the ninth Union Parishad (UP) ended.
Six people died in a clash in Pirojpur, while one person each was killed in the violence in the three other districts.
The daylong vote at 712 UPs had ended without any major violence in the afternoon.
Voting was suspended at 65 polling centres due to irregularities and minor incidents of violence, but no one was killed during the vote.
At least six people were killed in police-BGB firing during a post-election clash in Dhanishapa union of Mathbaria upazila on Tuesday evening.
Police super of the district Walid Hossain identified three of the deceased as Shahadat, Sohel and Quamrul.
Executive Magistrate Kazi Ziaul Baset said a group of 600-700 people, equipped with local weapons, intercepted the presiding officer in the area around 8:30pm when he under the escort of police and Border Guard Bangladesh members was returning to the UNO office from Dhanishapa Degree College centre with election result sheets after the UP polls.
“The mob tried to swoop on the presiding officer and snatch the result sheet,” he said.
As he tried to prevent them, they also attacked him, the magistrate added.
Later, magistrate Baset ordered the law enforcers to fire shots in order to bring the situation under control.
Police and BGB members then fired 29 rounds of bullets, Baset added.
Police super Walid told UNB that three people were killed on the spot.
Two of the injured succumbed to their injuries at Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital, said the officer-in-charge of Mathbaria Police Station.
Major Mozammel Haque of BGB said he heard that several people were killed in the incident. – Agencies