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UP poll violence continues
Death toll rises to 26 with one more killed in Dohar
Published :Saturday, 26 March, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 26
Mahabub Alam  
Violence and clashes relating to Union Parishad (UP) polls continue as the nation is heading towards the second phase of elections scheduled to be held on March 31.
In Dohar of Dhaka, a brother of a defeated member candidate was killed during a victory rally organised by a member-elect on Thursday.
The deceased, Jalal Matubbar, 45, was the sibling of Alal Matubbar, who was defeated by Abul Hossain. Witnesses said Abul Hossain and his men brought out a victory rally at Bilashpur union. The supporters of winner then locked in a clash using lethal weapons with the supporters of Alal following an altercation in the bazaar.
The clash left 50 people injured. Among them, Jalal died on his way to the hospital, said Dohar police officer-in-charge, Sheikh Sirajul Islam.
Besides, several houses and business establishments were vandalised and torched on Thursday night and on Friday.
The poor monitoring of the Election Commission (EC) is alleged to be indirectly responsible for the relentless bloodshed and destruction, it is widely observed.
According to our correspondents, the incidents of violence are mainly between the aspirants backed by the Awami League (AL) and its rebel candidates.   
The supporters of a member candidate of Ward No 2 of Barakotha Union in Uzirpur  upazila of Barisal district torched three houses of their opponents who won the polls. During the incident two persons-Anowara Begum and Sohrab Hossain received burn injuries. They are now under treatment at a hospital.
Sources said that the cohorts of the defeated candidate, Prafullah Halder, allegedly torched the houses of Khalilur Rahman, Moktar Hossain and Sohrab Hossain supporters of the winner candidate, Iqbal Hossain.
Victim Anowara, 22, said "We are only three Muslim families in the Hindu majority area and our fault is we supported member candidate Iqbal instead of Haldar."
"Haldar's defeat, made his supporters angry and they torched our houses," she claimed. Uzirpur police visited the spot but they could not arrest anybody in this connection.
The supporters of member aspirant, Milon, of Razapur Union in Bhola allegedly vandalised AL party office in the union, a house of another member Motasin, and three business centres on Thursday night leaving 20 people injured.
Leaders and activists of Razapur Union Unit of AL protesting the attack formed a human chain in front of Bhola Press Club on Friday and demanded immediate punishment to the attackers.
 They also submitted memoranda to the Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP) of the district.
Supporters of AL's chairman candidate of  Ramchandrapur Union at Kaharol in Dinajpur vandalised three election offices of its rebel candidate on Friday, which also left two men-Subrat Roy,45, and Rubel,38- injured.
Moniram Roy, AL-rebel, candidate blamed Ataur Rahman Babul for the attack.
But Ataur declined the allegations. Another man identified as Jalal Madbar was killed in post-poll clash, that left at least 14 people injured at Mazirzhar in Dohar of Dhaka district on Thursday noon. Police detained eight men in this regard.
Our Cox's Bazar correspondent reported: A man was attacked and severely injured allegedly by the cohorts of a member aspirant candidate at Nayapara of Teknaf of Cox's Bazra on Friday noon.
The injured identified as Abdur Rahman,35, is undergoing treatment at Sadar Hospital. Police could not arrest any of the accused till writing of this report at 7:37pm.   

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