Two days after the announcement of the results of the fourth phase of the Union Parishad (UP) elections, the violence has not stopped. Four more people were killed in clashes, attacks, and shootings on Tuesday and Monday night. Meanwhile, a man was killed in a clash between supporters of two defeated member candidates at Sarishabari in Jamalpur. In Gaibandha’s Gobindaganj, the winning UP member and Juba League leader Firoz Kabir and his supporters were attacked and the defeated UP member was killed. The Awami League leader was shot dead during a clash between supporters of two defeated chairman candidates at Hemayetpur in Pabna Sadar Upazila. A supporter of a defeated boat candidate has been hacked to death in Comilla’s Chauddagram’s Gunavati union.
As a result, 69 people were killed in the violence surrounding the ongoing UP elections. Of these, two are chairman nominees, one is a chairman candidate, two are member candidates, one is an elected member and one is a losing member candidate.
Analysts say the highest number of deaths are due to violence before and after the polls in this year’s UP elections. A total of 24 people lost their lives in the violence on the day of the four-phase election. But 65 people lost their lives before and after the vote. The Election Commission Secretary claimed that the election was held in a happy atmosphere as there were no reports of casualties during the last fourth phase of the election. Then came the news that three people had been killed that night. Nine more people have been killed since polling night until yesterday.
Earlier, after the third round of voting, the Election Commission claimed that a non-violent model had been elected. But on the night after the vote, 9 people including BGB members were killed.
Badiul Alam Majumder, the editor of Citizens for Good Governance (Sujan), told the press yesterday that the competition and violence in this election is mainly within the ruling party. Attempts to win by any means long before the polls have escalated pre-election violence. Even after the vote, one party is desperate to oust the other. As a result, the violence is not limited to election day. This situation is not positive in any way.
Killed in a clash at Sarishabari
Supporters of defeated candidate Rahmatullah and Montu Mia clashed in Prasadpur and Hasra Majalia villages of Doail union of Sarishabari Upazila yesterday. Supporters of both sides attacked each other with sticks, hockey sticks, and Ramada. Asaduzjan Asad, a supporter of Rahmatullah, was seriously injured. He later died on the way to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital through Sarishabari Health Complex.
Defeated UP member killed in Gaibandha
The winning UP member and Juba League leader Firoz Kabir and his supporters were leading a victory procession in the Harirampur union of Gobindaganj Upazila of Gaibandha last evening. Shamsul Haque, a supporter of defeated UP member Shahrul Islam, fell in front of the procession at the crossroads. He was severely beaten by Kabir’s supporters. At that time Shahrul Islam was returning from Andharipara village after receiving an invitation. Upon receiving the news, he proceeded to save Shamsul. Firoz’s agitated supporters also beat and kicked him. When he was taken to Gaibandha General Hospital in critical condition, the doctors on duty declared him dead.
The deceased Shahrul was a former UP member and secretary of Ward No. 6 Awami League.
A. shot in Pabna. League leader killed
According to eyewitnesses, clashes broke out between supporters of Manjurul Islam Madhu and independent candidate Tariqul Islam Nilu in Nazirpur Bazar of Hemayetpur Union in Pabna Sadar Upazila. At that time Shamim Hossain was shot. When he was rescued and taken to Pabna General Hospital, the doctor on duty declared him dead. Shamim Hossain (35) was the publicity secretary of Hemayetpur Union Awami League.
The body next to the railway line in Comilla
Locals rescued a young man named Farhad Hossain (18) in a bloody condition from the side of Dhaka-Chittagong railway at Dashbaha village of Gunwati union in Chauddagram of Comilla on Monday night. He was later taken to Feni Sadar Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared him dead.
The deceased was identified as Farhad, son of Kabir Ahmed of Dashbaha village and a supporter of Awami League chairman candidate Syed Ahmed Bhuiyan Khokon. Independent candidate Mostafa Kamal, Khokon’s rival, won last Sunday’s election.
Syed Ahmed Bhuiyan, a candidate for the boat, alleged that Mostafa’s supporters beat Farhad and hacked him to death with sharp weapons, leaving him by the side of the railway line.
However, Mustafa claimed, “On Monday, I went out for a courtesy meeting with the post-election voters. At around 9:30 pm, I came to know from the locals that a boy had died after being hit by a train.
More clashes, 40 injured
At least 10 people were injured in a clash between newly elected member Asit Mahanabish and former member Jyoti Mahanabish at Daudpur village of Chakua union in Netrokona yesterday.
The election office of the boat candidate, two sound systems, and furniture were vandalized and posters were torn down in Prasannakap village of Kachua West Sahadevpur Union in Chandpur on Monday night. There have been allegations of carrying two sets of microphones used in the election campaign.
Two and a half thousand violent, 30 injured
Clashes, attacks, and looting are taking place in different places due to the UP election in Araihazar of Narayanganj. In the last two days, at least 20 people have been injured in clashes between the defeated and winning UP member candidates and their supporters in Atadi, Sultansadi, Daibai, and Kadirdia Brahmandi areas of the Upazila.