Three AL activists hacked in post-polls violence

Three Awami League activists were hacked in post-polls violence in Munshiganj on Friday. The injured are Ismail Dewan, 40, and his two nephews, Roni Molla, 28 and Sabuj, 30.

They are undergoing treatment at Munshiganj General Hospital.

The victims are supporters of Mrinal Kanti Das, who was defeated in the January 7 election as the AL’s officially nominated candidate for the Munshiganj 3 constituency.

The attackers reportedly belong to Mohammed Faisal, who contested the election as an independent AL candidate and won.

The attack occurred in front of Char Muktarpur Jame Masjid under the sadar upazila after jumma prayers.

‘My uncle worked for the boat candidate in the election while Shah Alam, Targian, Shail and Roni worked for independent candidate. When he came out of the mosque after jumma prayers, they attacked my uncle,’ said injured Roni Molla.

He said that when he and his cousin tried to save him, they also came under attack.

AL independent lawmaker Mohammed Faisal could not be reached for comment despite repeated attempts over the phone.

Munshiganj additional superintendent of police Khairul Hasan said that the incident took place centring previous conflict. He said that additional police forces were deployed in the area and they were conducting drives to arrest those accused.

AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina took a move to place party dummy candidates and independent candidates to make the election look like participatory and apparently to avoid the embarrassment of 2014 when 153 party candidates were elected unopposed following the boycott by major opposition parties, including the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.


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