Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  

150 hurt as BNP rivals clash in Magura
23 bullet-hit, 10 shops ransacked

Over 150 people including five policemen were injured, 23 of them by bullet, in a clash between two rival factions of BNP at Sreepur upazila headquarters Sunday afternoon.

Ten shops were also ransacked during the clash which continued for about four hours, police and witnesses said.

Police lobbed at least 36 rounds of tear gas shells and fired 26 blank shots to disperse the feuding groups.

Party sources said, district BNP leaders, in connivance with former minister and BNP central committee member Advocate Nitai Roy Chowdhury, dissolved the full-fledged committee of Sreepur thana BNP on March 4, much before its expiry. Afterwards, a convening committee was formed which annoyed several leaders and activists.

Kamal Uddin Master, president of the dissolved committee held a meeting at his office to protest dissolution of the committee Sunday afternoon. In the meeting, they declared Nitai Roy Chowdhury persona non-grata in Sreepur upazila and burnt his effigy.

At one stage the supporters of Nitai Roy led by new convener Ashraful Islam equipped with sharp weapons, iron rods and sticks attacked the meeting resulting in a violent clash.

Supporters of both the groups chased and counter-chased each other and clashed for about four hours.

When police intervened, they hurled brickbats on police leaving Sub-Inspector Wahidur Rahman and five constables injured.

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control at about 8-30 pm.

Bullet-injured Hridoy, Mohidul, Monirul, Shaheb Ali, Rafiqul, Titon, Sohag, Mehedi, Sohan, Daud, Bakar, Akin, Tukur Ali, Shahdat, Nayeb, Liton, Majed, Sabuj, Risul, Mantu, Rashed, Babar and Delwar were admitted to Magura Sadar Hospital. Other injured are taking treatment at Sreepur Upazila Health Complex and different clinics.

No case was lodged till filing of the report at 2-30 pm yesterday.