Dhaka – Nine people were killed and at least 64 others injured in clashes in different parts of the country during the second phase union parishad election on Thursday, UNB news agency has reported.
Those killed in the violence are Sanaullah, Ibrahim and Jamal of Sandwip upazila in Chittagong, Rafiqul Islam, 50, of Shyampur union of Melandah upazila in Jamalpur, Shuva, 10, son of Halim of Dhalikandi village in Keraniganj upazila of Dhaka, Golap Hossain of Chanchra union in Sadar upazila, Jessore, Sumon Mrida, son of Bachchu Mridha of Birangal village in Madaripur Sadar upazila, Nunesa Begum, 38, wife of Iman Ali in Doulatdia upazila in Manikganj, and Biplab, 35, of Raghunathpur village in Lalpur upazail in Natore.
In Natore, Biplab was injured in a clash between the supporters of Awami League and BNP during voting at a centre of Arbar union. He was taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital where he died around 9:45pm.
In Manikganj, Nunesa Begum was killed and four people were injured as the supporters of a member candidate of Baghutia union parishad, equipped with sharp weapons, attacked them for not casting their votes in the election, said officer-in-charge of Doulatdia Police Station Nazmun Nishad.
In Madaripur, a supporter of a member candidate in ward-4 of Dhurail union in sadar upazila, was killed as police opened fire on him while snatching a ballot box during vote counting.
Witnesses said Sumon, a nephew of member candidate Matlab Mridha, died on the spot after police opened fire on him.
Assistant police super (Circle) Moniruzzman Fakir, however, denied the allegation against police.
In Chittagong, three people were killed and seven people injured in a clash at Char Bauria union of Sandwip upazila.
Executive magistrate Md Wahidul Haque said supporters of two member candidates of 5 No ward in the union locked into the clash around 3:30pm over snatching ballot papers from the centre.
The supporters of both candidates opened fire which left two people — Sanaullah, Ibrahim — dead on the spot and seven others injured.
The injured were taken to upazila health complex where Jamal succumbed to his injuries.
In Jamalpur, supporters of the two member candidates locked in a clash at Uttar Baluchar Government Primary School polling centre around 11:15 am at Shyampur union in Melandah upazila.
Both the groups fought a pitched battle chasing each other. During the melee, a brick chip was hurled form one side that hit Rafiqul Islam, 50, leaving him dead on the spot, witnesses said.
Another person was also injured in the clash, they said.
However, officer-in-charge of Melandah Police Station Nasimul Islam said Rafiqul died of heart attack while waiting in a long queue for casting vote.