Voting in 639 UPs ends, violence kills six

Six people were killed and at least 60 others injured in clashes in different parts of the country during the second phase union parishad election on Thursday, according to reports from agencies available until 10.00 pm Thursday.
Voting in the election to 639 union parishads of 82 upazilas concluded amid stray incidents of violence.
The second phase Union Parishad election began at 8.0 am and continued until 4.0 pm without any break.
In Chittagong, three people were killed and seven people injured in a clash at Char Bauria union of Sandwip upazila.
Executive magistrate Md Wahidul Haque said supporters of two member candidates of 5 No ward in the union locked into the clash around 3:30pm over snatching ballot papers from the centre.
The supporters of both candidates opened fire which left two people-Sanaullah, Ibrahim-dead on the spot and seven others injured.
The injured were taken to upazila health complex where Jamal succumbed to his injuries.
In Jamalpur, supporters of the two member candidates locked in a clash at Uttar Baluchar Government Primary School polling centre around 11:15 am at Shyampur union in Melandah upazila.
Both the groups fought a pitched battle chasing each other. During the melee, a brick chip was hurled form one side that hit Rafiqul Islam, 50, leaving him dead on the spot, witnesses said.
In Keraniganj upazila, a minor boy, identified as Shuva, 10, son of Halim of Dhalikandi village, was killed as he received stray bullets during a gunfight at a polling centre in Madhurchar during the balloting.
Quoting witnesses, officer-in-charge of Keraniganj Model Police Station Ferdous Hossain said a group of BNP supporters and another of Awami League locked into a clash over capturing Madhurchar Govt Primary School polling station around 10:20am. But he could not provide further details of the incident.
In Jessore, a man was gunned down during a clash between the supporters of two chairman candidates at Chanchara union in Sadar upazila.
During the first phase union parishad polls on March 22, at least 11 people were killed in violence across the country.
Earlier, voting in the election to 639 union parishads of 82 upazilas across 47 of the country's 64 districts began at 8 am and it will continue till 4 pm without any break.
According to the statistics provided by the Election Commission on Wednesday, a total of 2,662 chairman contenders, including some 1493 from 17 political parties and 1,169 independent candidates are in the election races in the UPs.
Candidates from two major political parties-ruling Awami League and its archrival BNP - are frontrunners in the election. But BNP has no chairman candidate in 79 UPs, while AL has got candidates in all the 639 UPs. [Read More]

Source: The Financial Express


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