Election violence leaves 4 dead in Bangladesh

By Ferdous Ahmad Bhuiyan, Sunday, March 23, 2014

DHAKA - Widespread violence has left four people dead and at least 500 injured during the fourth round of the sub-district council local elections, Upzlia Parisad, taking place across 91 sub-districts in Bangladesh. The violence has also forced voting to be suspended at 32 centers across the sub-districts.

Shamsuddin Prasan, chairman of the Union Council and president of the union unit of the Awami League, was stabbed to death by alleged supporters of rebel candidates from the Awami league in the Munshigonj district. While Ripon Hossain, an Awami League activist was killed in poll violence between ruling party and opposition in Jhalkathi district

Elsewhere local Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader, Hadish Miah, was pronounced dead after being shot during a clash between the opposition and the ruling party in the B. Baria district and a Bangladesh Nationalist Party activist, Monir Hossain was killed when police opened fire at people trying to snatch ballot boxes from a polling center in the Comilla district.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami acting secretary general Dr. Shafiqur Rahman have made allegations that people from the ruling Awami League party were rigging the vote.

A total of 1,186 candidates from the Awami league, Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami as well as independent candidates are contesting 273 posts in 91 sub-districts in the elections.

The total number of votes expected to be cast in these elections is around 14 million.

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