Rising violence in upazila elections: Awami League internal conflicts and casualties

Rising violence in upazila elections: Awami League internal conflicts and casualties

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Political insiders say political violence in the country is rarely prosecuted, and justice becomes even more difficult when influential members of the ruling party get involved.

Finally, Jubo League activist Ali Hossain was shot dead in the dark of night on June 6 in Bahadurpur in Sadar Upazila of Jashore. He was a supporter of the victorious chairman candidate Tauhid Chakladar. The family alleged that Naub, an activist of the defeated chairman candidate Fatima Anwar, killed Ali Hossain. However, no arrests have been made yet.

Vice chairman candidate Suman Mia was killed in an attack by rivals during election campaign in Raipura upazila of Narsingdi and his rival Abid Hasan, who was contesting with the goggles election symbol, was made the prime accused in the murder case. 26 others were also named in the case and 40-50 unidentified people were also made accused. Police arrested six people but the prime accused is still absconding.

Investigating officer Sajeeb Khan told Pratham Alo that the fugitive would be arrested soon.

Nasir Uddin, father of the deceased Suman Miah, told Prothom Alo that he will not get relief until all the accused, including the main accused Abid Hasan, are arrested. Police said efforts are on, but they can only reveal how much effort they are actually making.

Torikul Islam, general secretary of the Awami Matsyajivi League's Chapra Union Ward No. 3 unit, was injured in an attack by rivals during vote counting at a polling station in Kushtia's Kumarkhali on polling day of the second phase of the upazila election. He died on May 26. A case was registered but the police have not yet arrested any of the accused.

District Detective Branch Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mahfuzur Rahman told Pratham Alo that the police conduct raids every day to nab the accused, who may have moved out of the district.

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