Vol. 4 Num 293 Wed. March 24, 2004  

80 hurt as BNP factions clash in Kushtia, Magura

At least 80 people were injured, 19 of them seriously, as rival BNP factions clashed in Kushtia and Magura on Monday.

Our Kushtia Correspondent reported that BNP factions clashed at Golapnagar village in Bheramara upazila, leaving at least 40 people injured, 8 of them seriously.

Police said rival factions led by Alim Master and Iyarul clashed during a village arbitration to resolve a trifle in the morning. The clash followed an altercation between two persons belonging to the rival factions. Both the factions used lethal weapons during the hour-long clash.

On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.

Eight of the seriously injured persons were admitted to local health complex. They are Anwarul, 32, Ashraful, 28, Sanowar, 27, Sarwar, 30, Khailur, 30, Lokman Khan, 48, Mahabul, 32 and Yusuf, 22. The rest were released after treatment.

Our Magura Correspondent reported that at least 40 people were injured, eleven of them seriously, in a clash between two rival factions of BNP at Madhabpur village in Babukhali union in Mohammadpur upazila Monday evening.

Police and locals said, Babukhali union BNP President Abul Hossain and its General Secretary Abdur Rashid had a long-drawn rivalry.

On Monday in the evening, supporters of both leaders, equipped with lethal weapons, clashed over establishment of supremacy in the area.

Police quelled the violence.

The seriously injured eleven people have been admitted to Mohammadpur Upazila Health Complex.