Clash ahead of UP polls
35 injured including policemen at Lalganj Bazar
About thirty five people were injured in a clash between the supporters of two Union Parishad Chairman candidates at Lalganj Bazar in Mehendiganj upazila of Barisal on Friday night, ahead of Ulania Union Parishad election scheduled for December 10.
According to Officer-in-charge of Mehendiganj police station Abidur Rahman, a mobile court fined Awami League rebel candidate Ruma Sardar Tk 5000 for violating election code of conduct.
The supporters of AL candidate Kazi Abdul Halim teased the supporters of Ruma Sardar after the mobile court order , triggering an altercation between the supporters of the two candidates.
As a sequel to the altercation, both groups thronged Lalkhan Bazar around 9:00pm and attacked each other. They also threw brick-bats at each other, leaving 25/30 people injured.
A team of Lalkhan Bazar police camp tried to disperse them.
But the attackers also swooped on the police camp, hurting five to six policemen and forcing them to take action.
Then Police fired 46 rounds of bullets in the air to bring the situation under control. Six policemen also injured and taken to Mehendiganj upazila health complex for treatment, he added.