Cocktail attack from election office in Bamna, 7 injured including A-League leader
The election office of Sohel Sikder, an independent chairman candidate contesting the Bamna Sadar Union Parishad elections in Barguna, has been accused of carrying out cocktail attacks on supporters of the Awami League candidate. Eight leaders and activists of Awami League, Chhatra League and Juba League were injured in the incident. The incident took place on Bamna-Patharghata highway in Sonakhali Bazar of the upazila around 1pm on Wednesday.
Police seized a foreign pistol, four cocktails and bomb-making equipment from the building. He also detained 20 people, including two independent chairman candidates, for their alleged involvement in the attack.
The injured were identified as Golam Sabbir Talukder, joint general secretary of Upazila Awami League, Jahangir Hossain Mollah, organizing secretary Krishnakant Karmakar, Manik Kumar Pankaj, BCL leader Hridoy Das, district BCL vice president Rajib Hossain Abdullah, Upazila BCL president Morshed Shahriar Goldar and Faisal Sikder.
Witnesses and Awami League leaders and activists said that the BCL leaders and activists went there after receiving news of throwing cocktails in front of Rahim Hawladar’s house in Dakshin Amtali village at 1pm on Wednesday. On his way back from there, 7-8 cocktails were thrown from the second floor of the election office of independent candidate Sohail Sikder in Sonakhali Bazar. The right hand of a BCL leader named Hridoy Das (20) was seriously injured. After that, cocktails were exploded from the building in a few more phases. Eight others were injured.
Awami League chairman candidate in Bamna Sadar UP election, current chairman Chowdhury Kamruzzaman said, “I went to the spot and was shocked to hear the news of throwing cocktails at my leaders and workers.” Cocktails were thrown several times at me. I demand justice for this incident. ”
Bamna police chief said. Habibur Rahman said 20 people including independent chairman candidate (horse symbol) Sohail Sikder and independent candidate (motorcycle symbol) Tariquzzaman Sohag were detained from the election office. Preparations are underway to file a case in this regard.
Additional Superintendent of Police Muharram Ali told Prothom Alo, ‘The situation is calm now. We raided and recovered a foreign pistol, a magazine, four cocktails and bomb-making equipment. Additional police have been deployed in the upazila town to control the situation. All kinds of preparations have been made by the district police for the purpose of taking votes. All candidates will get equal rights. No additional facilities will be provided.
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