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40 sued over CCC election violence

25 including AL rebel candidate arrested

January 14, 2021 00:00:00

The picture shows one person (wearing helmet) among the 26 arrested in connection with a clash between two rival groups of Awami League cantring the CCC polls that left a man dead in Pathantuli area of Chattogram city

A case has been filed against 40 people in connection with the death of a man in a clash cantering the Chattogram City Corporation polls, reports UNB.

Sejan Mahmud, son of Babul Sardar, filed the case with Double Mooring Police Station on Wednesday against 13 identified and 27 unidentified people, said Sudip Kumar Das, officer-in-charge of the police station.

Awami League rebel candidate Abdul Quader, 50, Helal Uddin alias Helal, 40, and Obaidul Karim Mintu, 45, were among the accused.

Earlier, around 26 people, including rebel candidate Abdul Quader, were arrested in this connection.

"Sleuths of the detective branch and local cops jointly carried out raids at several places and arrested the suspects early Wednesday," said OC Sudip Kumar Das.

"All the 26 suspects are being interrogated at the detective branch's office in Mansoorabad," he added.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion and local cops had cordoned off the house of Abdul Quader alias Mas Quader in the Pathantuli area at 10 pm on Tuesday, hours before making the arrests.

On Monday morning, an argument broke out between the supporters of Awami League-backed councillor candidate Nazrul Islam Bahadur and rebel candidate Quader after a poster was torn down at Magpukur in the Pathantuli area. The argument soon turned into violence with some members of the factions starting to open fire.

A 52-year-old man, identified as Azgarh Ali Babul Sardar, a supporter of Nazrul Islam, died on the spot after receiving gunshots during the clash, police said.

An activist of Jubo League Mahbub, who also suffered bullet injuries, is being treated at Chattogram Medical College Hospital, Das said.

When contacted, Nazrul Islam blamed the supporters of Abdul Quader for the clash as well as the death of his supporter.

The Chattogram City Corporation election is scheduled to be held on January 27.

Our Chattogram correspondent reports: A tense situation is prevailing in Agrabad area of the city since the death of Azgarh Ali Babul Sardar in the clash.

A large number of law enforcers, including police personnel, have been deployed in the area to avert any further trouble.

Police have already intensified patrol in the area. They are barring supporters of the rival groups from bringing out any procession.

The Double Mooring thana OC said, "Police have already brought the situation under control. There is no possibility of any further unwanted incident."

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