Faridpur, Dec 26 (UNB) – A total of four candidates are contesting the Faridpur -2 constituency and among them two key candidates of ruling Awami League and BNP are women.
Among them one is elderly Senior Awami League leader Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury another one is young BNP organizing secretary Shama Obayed, who will participate in the electoral race for second time.
The atmosphere of polls was on the full swing in the area where candidates were seen campaigning, running on door to door seeking votes. The discussion of election is heard in each tea stalls and shops in the market where people were forecasting the possible outcomes of polls.
Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury was first elected as parliament member in 1991 but lost the electoral race in 1996 and 2001 and won again in 2008 when for first time Shama Obayed, daughter of late BNP leader Obaidur Rahman, contested the polls against her.
Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury is not seen campaigning due to her illness, but her two sons Shahdab Akbar Chowdhury and Sajid Akbar Chowdhury are doing so for their mother.
Shahdab claimed all the development that happened in Nagarkanda and Saltha thanked to Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, and that is why the people of the area stood firmly to see her victory in the election.
Flipping the coin, Shama Obayed Islam is stepping door to door to grip votes for sheaf of paddy.
Shama Obayed claimed police are arresting her supporters, creating panic among BNP men. BNP supporters are passing their days out of home fearing sporadic arrest.
There are 2,86,993 enlisted voters in the constituency while 123 polling stations.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – At least 20 people were injured in pre-election violence in two districts while the motorcade of a candidate came under attack in another district on Wednesday.
In Khagrachhari, a clash between local Awami League and BNP men in Ramgarh upazila left at least 15 people injured.
Witnesses said the clash ensued when district BNP president Wadud Bhuiyan along with party men was conducting electioneering in the upazila headquarters in favour of party candidate Shahidul Islam Bhuiyan Farhad at noon.
A chase and counter-chase took between the two groups that left 15 people injured.
Later, police and BGB men rushed in and controlled the situation, said officer-in-charge of Ramgarh Police Station Tarek Mohammad Hannan.
The Awami League office at Panchhari area was also vandalised by local BNP men, alleged district AL leaders.
In Panchagarh, four members of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal were injured as Awami League men reportedly attacked a campaign in favour of the BNP candidate in Dhakkamara union of Sadar upazila.
In Tetulia upazila, several election camps of BNP candidate Md Nowshad Jamir for Panchagarh-1 constituency were allegedly vandalised.
In another incident, a member of Bangladesh Chhatra League was severely injured after being attacked reportedly by local BNP men.
In Satkhira, the motorcade of Jatiya Party candidate Syed Didar Bakht of Satkhira-1 constituency was attacked at Nagarghata of Tala upazila in the evening.
At a press conference at Satkhira Press Club, Didar alleged that around 20/25 men, led by Nagarghata union parishad chairman Kamruzzaman Lipu, launched the attack and vandalised two microbuses and tortured his campaigners.
Meanwhile, Kamruzzaman denied the allegation and said no incident of attack took place in Nagarghata.
In Bogura, two separate cases were filed accusing 180 BNP leaders and activists as police found crude bombs and arms in a BNP election camp at Mathurapur.
General Secretary of Awami League Mathurapur union unit Golam Mortaza and AL President of Elangi union unit filed the case.
Upazila BNP convener Tauhidul Alam Mamun alleged that AL has been filing cases to keep the BNP leaders away from the election race.
In Jashore, a group of young men vandalised 15 business establishments at different places of Shamkur union in Manirampur upazila on Tuesday centring the upcoming national election.
Locals said a gang of unidentified youths in a microbus and 20/25 motorcycles launched the attack around 8 pm with local weapons and beat up a BNP activist.
Dhaka, Dec 26 (UNB) – As many as 119 leaders and activists of BNP and Jatiya Oikyafront have been arrested in Bogura and Habiganj districts.
In Bogura, law enforcers picked up 79 BNP-Jamaat men during an overnight drive on Tuesday in connection with violence cases.
Oikyafront candidate from Bogura-2 constituency and convener of Nagorik Oikya Mahmudur Rahman Manna alleged that police were making mass arrests to create a ‘frightening’ atmosphere in his area.
Officers-in-charge of Shibganj and Sadar police stations Mizanur Rahman and Badiuzzaman said most of the detainees were accused in violence cases.
In Habiganj, police arrested 40 supporters of Oikyafront candidate for Habiganj-1 Dr Reza Kibria, also son of slain finance minister and Awami League leader Shah AMS Kibria, in the evening.
Sohrab Hossain Mahdi, personal secretary of Dr Reza, said law enforcers conducted a raid on Reza’s house around 4:30 pm.
Several thousand people rushed to Reza’s house after the police drive was announced through loudspeakers of a local mosque which forced police to retreat, said locals.
Later in the evening, police raided the motorcade of Reza at Baghaura village during his electioneering and arrested 40 of his supporters, said Mahdi.
Officer-in-charge of Nabiganj Police Station Iqbal Miah said they were searching for wanted criminal Mujibur Rahman Shefu at Reza Kibria’s house.
Police returned back as the listed criminal was not present there, he added.
Chattogram, Dec 26 (UNB) – Police here on Wednesday seized a car of BNP candidate Ishak Kader Chowdhury of Chattogram -4 constituency along with a firearms and bomb making materials in Fouzdarhat Jailgate area in Sitakunda upazila.
Additional Police Superintendent of Sitakunda circle Shampa Rani Saha said that they recovered a bomb, a firearm and some bomb making materials from a car used for election campaign of BNP candidate Ishak Kader.
However, car driver Mehedi Hasan alleged that some young men snatched the car key from him when he got down from the car for going to a roadside restaurant.
The young men kept the firearm and some bottles of Pepsi in the car, he claimed.
Terming the incident as a conspiracy BNP candidate Ishak said, “The drama was staged to harass the BNP leaders and activists.”
The driver was sent to the Red Chicken Restaurant for bringing food for journalists who attended a press conference at his house, he added.
Netrakona, Dec 26 (UNB) – Police recovered the body of a schoolboy from a paddy filed in Kadirpur village of Khaliajuri upazila on Tuesday night.
The deceased was identified as Gobinda Sarkar, 15, a ninth grader of Khaliajuri Pilot High School and son of Mantu Sarkar of the village.
Deceased’s father Mantu Sarkar said they spotted the body in a paddy field around 11 pm and informed it to police.
On information, police recovered the body and sent it to Netrakona Sadar Hospital morgue for an autopsy, said Hazarat Ali, officer-in-charge of Khaliajuri Police Station.