Supporters of Awami League mayoral candidate Aminur Rashid Sujan have attacked the homes and businesses of three councilor candidates, journalists and Awami League leaders and workers in Narsingdi’s Manohardi municipality. At that time, the attackers carried out extensive vandalism and looting. Mayor Sujan, on the other hand, complained that at least 12 people, including his two brothers, were injured in the attack. The attack took place at around 11pm on Wednesday (January 13) in different parts of the municipality, including Manohardi Hindupara.
At that time, Mayor Aminur Rashid Sujan took position at Manohardi bus stand with hundreds of leaders and activists with sticks and sharp weapons and the whole municipal area became a battlefield. After receiving the news, the police and RAB came to the spot and removed the mayor from the bus stand. The situation became normal around 4 am. In this incident, the whole area is in a state of stagnation.
Meanwhile, journalists of various print and electronic media including Narsingdi Press Club, Narsingdi District Television Journalists Association, Manohardi Journalists Forum, Manohardi Reporters Club have strongly condemned the attack on the house of journalist Sumon Barman. They demanded that the attackers be brought to justice.
According to the victims and Awami League leaders and activists, the names of the incumbent mayor and joint general secretary of the upazila Awami League Aminur Rashid Sujan, municipal Awami League president Kafil Uddin and general secretary Absud Samad Mollah Jadur were proposed to the Awami League’s Nomination Board. According to the rules, everyone on the list was supposed to buy nomination papers, but for mysterious reasons, no one except Mayor Sujan bought nomination papers. Despite the party’s decision being relaxed, no one was able to purchase the nomination despite having multiple candidates under threat from the mayor.
After getting the party nomination of Mayor Sujan, under the direction of local MP Industries Minister Advocate Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun, leaders and workers of Awami League and all its affiliated organizations are working to make the boat symbol a winner. But BNP councilors are present in 8 out of 9 wards of the municipality. Mayor Sujan has a friendship with each of them. But in the meantime, Manjurul Majid Mahmud Saadi, the son of the Industries Minister, has nominated the leaders and workers of Juba League and Swechchhasebak League in 4 wards. Minister Saadi had a disagreement with Mayor Sujan over this.
The last yard meeting of Mayor Aminur Rashid Sujan was held at Manohardi Hindupara Public Durgabari at 8 pm on Wednesday. Advocate Fazlul Haque, president of Upazila Awami League, Babu Priyashish Roy, general secretary, Nazrul Majid Mahmud Swapan, younger brother of the joint general secretary of the district Awami League and Manjurul Majid Mahmud Saadi, executive member of Central Juba League were present. Council candidates joined their supporters at the meeting.
Councilor candidate Harun Majhi and Khokon Roy’s supporters clashed on their way back after the meeting at around 11pm. In this, the supporters of Mayor Sujan took a stand for Harun Majhi. And Saadi’s supporters took a stand in favor of Khokon Roy. At least 12 people, including the mayor’s two brothers, were injured in the clashes. Five motorcycles from both sides and the car of Upazila Awami League president Advocate Fazlul Haque were vandalized.
As the news spread, hundreds of supporters, led by Mayor Sujan, gathered at the Manohardi bus stand. From there, the mayor’s supporters first attacked the homes of Manohardi Hindupara Manohardi Upazila Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary and Narsingdi District Television Journalists Association Organizing Secretary Journalist Sumon Barman, Councilor Candidate Municipal Juba League Joint Convener Khokon Roy and Sukomal Sahar. The attack was carried out on three businesses of journalist Sumon Bamarna and the shop of Mihir Roy, former general secretary of Awami League, Ward 8. Later, in Chawkpara area, Sharif Raihan, Publicity and Publication Secretary of Upazila Juba League and his supporters and the houses and offices of his supporters, Motahar Hossain, Organizing Secretary of Upazila Swechchhasebak League and Shafiqul Islam, President of Upazila Chhatra League visited Modern Dynotic Center. Is done.
Among the injured were Mamunur Rashid (35), elder brother of Chandanbari mayor Sujan, younger brother Hasanur Rashid Tanmoy (25), Imtiaz Mannan (30), Al Sayedee Sammi (32), Shafiqul Alam (45) and Sohail Akand (28) of Masum in Majhipara area. Hasan Shuvo, 30, and Nazrul Islam, 40, of Lebutala area were treated at Manohardi Upazila Hospital. Among them Mamunur Rashid and Shafiqul Alam have been sent to Dhaka.
At the bus stand, Mayor Sujan blamed the minister’s son Saadi for the incident and demanded immediate arrest of his associates. At that time, Mayor Sujan announced that the minister’s people would not be allowed to enter the municipality after the next 16th election.
Khokon Roy, a councilor candidate in Ward 7, said, “Mayor Sujan and councilor candidate Harun Majhi attacked my house and the houses of my supporters.” They have deliberately created this chaos so that the voting environment is ruined.
Manohardi Upazila Awami League general secretary Priyashish Roy said it was unfortunate that journalists and Hindu homes and businesses were attacked over personal disputes over the election. We want exemplary justice for this incident.
Aminur Rashid Sujan, the Awami League’s mayoral candidate in Manohardi municipality, said, “I was attacked by the opposition when I was leaving Hindupara after my election yard meeting.” My two brothers went to rescue me when they hit me with a sharp weapon and they were seriously injured. In this incident 12 of my leaders and workers were injured. At the same time, the car of me and the president of the Upazila Awami League was vandalized. He denied vandalism in the attack.
Manjurul Majid Mahmud Saadi, executive member of the Central Juba League, said the mayor wanted to win the BNP councilor for his own benefit. Since I am in favor of the party councilor, it was issued by the supporters of the BNP councilor candidates. Omer’s supporters attacked my councilor candidate on the way back after the boat yard meeting. The police rescued me. They have attacked the houses and shops of Awami League councilor candidates and leaders and activists. We want justice for this incident.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Manohardi Police Station Moniruzzaman said the incident took place following a scuffle between the two sides. No one has lodged any complaint with the police. Currently the situation is under the control of the police. Maximum measures have been taken to prevent law and order from deteriorating anywhere.
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