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Chairmen and members of all 12 union parishads under Natore Sadar upazila will go on an indefinite strike from today, demanding arrest of the criminals, who assaulted Brommapur Union Parishad Chairman and BNP leader Afzal Hossain, on Tuesday.

Upazila parishad sources said, a gang of four to five criminals swooped on Afzal Hossain while he was collecting a nomination paper on behalf of a party man who would contest the upcoming election to the managing committee of Mirzapur High School in the adjacent Mirzapur union.

Hearing the news, chairmen and members of the union parishads held an emergency meeting at the uazila prishad auditorium in the evening and decided to go on an indefinite strike from Wednesday.

Later, Golam Sarwar, chairman of Tebaria Union Parishad and also president of Bangladesh Union Parishad Forum Natore Sadar upazila unit, announced the decision at a press conference held at the auditorium.

Sarwar said they will also besiege the deputy commissioner's office, and form a human chain in the district town today to press their demand.

All the 12 union parishad offices in the upazila will remain closed until the culprits involved in the attack on Chairman Afzal Hossain are arrested, he added.

Afzal Hossain, also vice-president of BNP Naldanga unit, said a gang of criminals led by local Jubo League activist Tutul attacked him at the upazila parishad auditorium at around 3:00pm. He filed a case with Sadar Police Station yesterday, accusing Tutul and three others.

Shafiqul Islam Shimul, chairman of Natore Sadar Upazila Parishad and also general secretary of Jubo League Natore district unit, said no Jubo League man was involved in the attack.

They are the supporters of Jubo League President Shariful Islam Ramzan, Shimul claimed. He demanded immediate arrest of the attackers.

District Jubo League President Shariful Islam Ramzan could be contacted as his cellphone remained off. None of the accused in the case was arrested as of 8:00pm yesterday.

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