Polls violence: Two injured in a clash between supporters of rival candidates

At least two people were injured in a clash between supporters of two rival candidates during the elections to Tangail’s Ghatail union Parishad on Sunday.

The incident took place at 10:30 am at a voting centre in the area.

One of the injured was identified as Titu Sarkar, the younger brother of councillor candidate Abu Haider Liton Sarkar. He has been taken to a local hospital.

The other person could not be identified immediately.

Liton said supporters of the rival candidate were casting votes instead of the voters. “When my supporters protested, a clash broke out, in which my brother sustained head injuries.”

Meanwhile, Ghatail Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Sohag Hossain claimed that no voter fraud had taken place at the polling centre.

The UNO also said he did not know of any person being injured at the centre.

There was a little excitement due to the high voter turnout, he said, adding that the situation is now under control.

Voting in elections to some 1,000 union councils is underway in the third phase of the countrywide elections to the lowest tier of the local government.

Polls opened at over 10,000 centres at 8 am and will continue till 4 pm. More than 20 million people are expected to choose their representatives from the over 50,000 aspirants.

At least 45 people were killed and several hundred were injured before, during and after the first two phases of the polls.