Over 50 folks have been injured in clashes between two factions of Awami League over establishing supremacy in Noakhali’s Companiganj upazila yesterday afternoon.
One group was led by Abdul Quader Mirza, youthful brother of get together’s Common Secretary Obaidul Quader, and one other by Mizanur Rahman Badal, organising secretary of upazila unit AL, additionally a follower of MP Ekram Chowdhury and MP Nizam Uddin Hazari.
Not less than 9 folks, together with a journalist, have been hit by bullets through the incident. They have been shot of their chests, heads, and necks.
Of them, two have been critically injured. They’re Borhan Uddin Muzakkir, 30, correspondent of native on-line portal Barta Bazar, and Kamal Uddin, 60, an AL activist. The 2 have been shifted to Dhaka for higher remedy. The remaining have been endeavor remedy at Noakhali Common Hospital, mentioned Syed Mohiuddin, resident medical officer of the hospital.
The conflict ensued in entrance of the AL get together workplace at Chaprashirhat East Bazar round 4:45pm, police mentioned. It continued until 7:00pm, turning the realm right into a battlefield.
In the meantime, Quader Mirza known as a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Companiganj upazila as we speak, “protesting for assault on his males”.
In response to locals and police sources, Mizanur, additionally a former upazila chairman of Companiganj upazila, requested his supporters to come back to the Chaprashirhat get together workplace at 4:30pm to debate to carry as we speak’s press convention in opposition to Quader Mirza’s current feedback on get together leaders.
However earlier than that, supporters of his rival group, led by Charfakira Union Chairman Jamal Uddin Liton, a follower of Quader Mirza, gathered there.
The supporters of the 2 teams have been seemed into an altercation. At one level, chase, counter-chase and conflict occurred between them. Bullets have been additionally fired. Not less than 50 folks of the 2 sides have been wounded.
On info, Companiganj police rushed to the spot and opened clean pictures to carry the scenario underneath management.
Journalist Burhan Uddin was hit by bullets whereas overlaying the incident.
Shortly after the incident, followers led by Quader Mirza, mayor of Basurhat municipality, attacked Mizanur’s home close to Chaprashirhat Bazar. They went there in two microbuses and over 100 bikes, Mizanur alleged.
In the meantime, in a Fb dwell, Quader Mirza alleged that his males have been attacked by the lads of MP Ekram Chowdhury and MP Nizam Uddin Hazari. He claimed that at the least his 50 supporters have been damage within the assault.
“If any of our leaders and activists dies, Highway Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Companiganj Upazila Parishad Chairman Shahab Uddin, MP Ekramul Karim Chowdhury, MP Nizam Hazari and former Upazila Chairman Mizanur Rahman Badal might be held accountable for this,” Mirza Quader mentioned.
He additionally alleged that his males have been shot by his rival group in presence of police.
Mir Jahedul Haque, officer-in-charge of Companiganj Police Station, who was current on the spot, informed reporters that in a procession led by Mizanur, there was a scuffle between the supporters of UP Chairman Jamal and Mizanur at Chaprashirhat.
After that, some followers led by Quader Mirza went to Chaprashirhat Bazar and one other conflict occurred. At the moment, police introduced the scenario underneath management by firing clean pictures. Nonetheless, the scenario is tense, he added.
Md Alamgir, superintendent of Noakhali police, mentioned the conflict ensued over the political rivalry between Quader Mirza and Mizanur.
Police fired 10-12 bullets to regulate the scenario. Riot police have been deployed to fend off additional untoward incident within the space, he added.
Quader Mirza has been making feedback in opposition to corruption and misdeeds dedicated by AL males in Noakhali and Feni for round final two months. He even in a number of events got here down closely on authorities officers for his or her alleged involvement with corrupt politicians.