Vol. 5 Num 860 Sun. October 29, 2006  
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12 killed, 2,000 hurt as violence hits country

At least 12 people were killed and about 2,000 wounded, many by bullets, as activists of outgoing BNP-led four-party coalition government and Awami League-led 14-party opposition combine clashed in an escalation of violence across the country yesterday.

Reports came that seven were killed while over 1,400 injured in clashes between the activists of the two alliances at different places outside the capital. Five were killed in Dhaka.

The political activists vandalised and set fire to offices and houses of rivals as they came out on streets with vengeful programmes a few hours after curtain fell on the coalition government.

Local administrations imposed section 144 on political gatherings in different parts of the country to check violence, but the political activists carried on with their programmes defying the ban.

The dead include two activists of Awami League (AL) and Jubo League killed in Kushtia and Meherpur, a Jamaat-e-Islami member in Magura, an Islami Chhatra Shibir leader in Kurigram, and three BNP men in Narsingdi and Bagerhat.

Jubo League activist Abbas Ali was killed in Gangni upazila when police opened fire on an AL procession, leaving at least 50 injured.

When the rally reached Gangni bus stand, some AL activists stormed into a BNP office there and started to ransack it. As a joint forces team rushed there, the AL men threw bricks at the police, prompting them to open fire.

BNP cadres opened fire on an AL procession passing the Bheramara upazila BNP office around 4:30pm. At least 50 activists of both the parties were hit by bullets. They were admitted to Kushtia general hospital.

Critically injured Bashir Uddin died at about 7:45pm. At least 15 policemen were also injured in the Meherpur and Kushtia incidents.

A Shibir leader was killed and at last 60 activists were injured in a clash between the 14-party and four-party alliances near the Central Shaheed Minar area at 1:00pm yesterday.

The clash began after the BNP hurled two cocktails on an AL precession.

Critically wounded Rafiqul Islam, president of Panchgati Union unit of Shibir, succumbed to his injuries at about 5:00pm.

The AL activists vandalised BNP offices at Rajarhat and Roumari upazilas and set fire to Juba Dal office in Kurigram town.

They clashed again at Ghoshpara in the evening leaving four activists wounded.

An associate member of Jamaat's town committee was killed and 95 others injured in a clash between BNP and 14-party men at Magura bus stand yesterday afternoon.

Arafat Hossain, 45, was standing on a rooftop near the bus stand when he was bullet-hit. He died on the way to Dhaka.

Hazipur Union Parishad Chairman Saiful Islam Sarkar and his younger brother Ripon Sarkar were shot dead while four others of the same family were seriously injured yesterday afternoon as AL activists allegedly stormed into their house and opened fire.

The two died while being rushed to Narsingdi Sadar Hospital. The injured are Mahe Alam, 45, Shamim, 30, Hannan, 35, and Elem, 33.

A local BNP leader and former municipality ward commissioner, Asaduzzaman, 38, was chopped to death and 20 others were injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists in the town last night, reports UNB.

Witnesses said the AL and BNP activists locked in a bloody clash at 7:15pm. Police found the body of Asaduzzaman in front of the Light Cinema Hall.

Earlier in the afternoon, the AL men damaged and set on fire six BNP offices, some business houses owned by BNP men. Sporadic clashes left over 50 people wounded.

Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) organising secretary of Murapara union Motiur Rahman Panna, 25, died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital after he was injured in a clash between JCD and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) in Narayanganj Friday night.

At least 60 activists of 14-party and four-party alliances were injured in a series of attacks and counter-attacks in Rangpur town yesterday after BNP and Jamaat activists attacked 14-party leaders at Jahajcompany point.

The BNP-Jamaat men ransacked AL office and Mercantile Bank on Station Road. They also set fire to a stage made by the 14-party combine and the house of a Jubo League leader.

The 14-party men set fire to the daily Juger Alo office owned by Rahim Uddin Bharsa, president of Rangpur district unit BNP, on GL Roy Road. They also burnt two autorickshaws, a microbus and a bus owned by Asadul Habib Dulu, deputy minister for food and disaster management of the outgoing government.

Ten people, including three policemen and president of Rajshahi Photojournalist Association Asaduzzaman Asad, were injured in Rajshahi city during an agitation programme of the 14-party at Shaheb Bazar Zero Point yesterday.

The agitators ransacked BNP offices in Chapainawabganj sadar upazila and district town and damaged a business centre owned by a BNP leader and the house of Doctors' Association of Bangladesh President Dr Moyez.

Sonamasjid Land Port became inoperative as barricades were set up at different points on the Chapainawabganj-Sonamasjid highway.

At least 100 people including 10 policemen were injured in a fierce clash between BNP and 14-party workers at Nirala intersection in Tangail town yesterday.

The 14-party activists also vandalised BNP offices in Dhanbari and Basail upazila headquarters in the district while 20 people were injured during chase and counter-chase in Madhupur upazila.

At least 35 persons including policemen were injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Ullapara yesterday after the BNP attacked an AL procession.

The 14-party workers blocked the highway and railway at different points and damaged at least seven vehicles during their demonstration programmes.

Workers of the 14-party alliance burnt Jamaat offices in the town and in Shyamnagar. They also damaged the office of Islami Insurance Division in the town.

Seventy-five people were injured in clashes between the workers of 14-party combine and four-party alliance in Bogra town and adjacent areas yesterday. BNP men vandalised the offices of the AL, Jubo League, JSD and Workers Party and attacked the house of former municipality chairman Rezaul Karim Montu, an AL leader.

Twenty-five people were injured in another clash between AL and Jamaat workers at Dhunat upazila while unknown people set fire to the house of Sonatola upazila BNP President Abu Taiyab Zaki.

Witnesses said Zaki opened fire on the agitated AL men during the incident, injuring three.

At least 55 people were injured in three upazilas of Netrokona. Besides, 15 people were wounded in AL-BNP clash in Durgapur and 20 in Mohanganj upazila when BNP activists swooped on an AL procession.

At least 120 workers of four-party and 14-party were injured and a number of party offices burnt as they got locked into battles over establishing supremacy in areas of Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh.

AL workers set fire to Chirirbandar upazila BNP office and assaulted former MP Md Akhtaruzzaman.

At least 30 activists of BNP and AL were injured in clashes at different places in Patuakhali district.

BNP cadres ransacked district offices of AL and NAP (National Awami Party), prompting AL activists to vandalise district BNP office.

They also attacked the house of district BNP vice-president and president of district Krishak Dal and Sramik Dal office in launch ghat area.

At least 25 AL men including AL district committee adviser Dina Bandhu Sarker were injured, many business centres and many government offices ransacked and torched in sporadic clashes between AL and BNP over getting supremacy at different parts of the hill district yesterday.

The clashes ensued after BNP cadres led by district Organising Secretary Mostafizur Rahman Millat attacked an AL procession.

AL activists later ransacked a number of offices including the press club, Sramik Dal office, several vehicles and furniture shops while BNP men set fire to AL activists' houses at Shalbagun village.

Bangladesh Rifles men were deployed later.

Thirty people including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Sudharam Police Station were injured during clashes between the AL and BNP at Town Hall intersection in Maijdi yesterday evening.

The BNP workers later vandalised AL and Jubo League office, a shop and four motorbikes.

Meantime, 45 others of the rival groups were injured in Hatia upazila.

The AL men vandalised 20 shops owned by BNP men and their supporters.

Twenty people including the OC of Faridpur Police Station were injured in a clash between the workers of 14-party and Jamaat in the town. The clash began after some people from Jamaat office hurled stones on AL procession.

Later a mob ransacked the BNP office.

Nineteen people were injured during clashes between 14-party and BNP men in the district. The 14-party workers ransacked vehicles and shops and set fire to district Sramik Dal office.

Forty people were injured in clash between BNP and AL activists in the district. The AL activists of Kaliaganj set fire to a BNP office, hurled bomb at a police van leaving four constables injured.

Over 55 people including a journalist were injured when AL workers ransacked two BNP offices and a Zia Parishad office and put barricade on the highway.

Thirty people were injured and offices of different political parties and 25 shops ransacked during clash between AL and BNP men in the district yesterday.

At least 15 people including three policemen were injured when 14-party workers attacked a BNP office and set fire to the house of BNP leader Hamidul Huq Chhana in Munsipara.

They also ransacked Jamaat and BNP offices at Bonarapara.

Fifty people including four police constables were injured when the AL men vandalised over 100 establishments including houses of BNP leaders and activists and offices of the BNP and Jamaat in Barisal town yesterday morning.

Although they had control on the town the whole day, Jubo Dal and Chhatra Dal activists led by City Mayor Mujibur Rahman Sarwar entered the town at 5:00pm.

With police escort, they were firing gunshots while entering the town and re-established their supremacy.

Twelve AL men were bullet-hit in a sudden attack by BNP men yesterday afternoon.

Former state minister for jute Hannan Shah led the attack on an AL procession near Itkhola, said former MP Tanjim Ahmed Sohel Taj.

Ten people including the president of the Sylhet district unit of Islami Chhatra Shibir sustained injuries in clashes between the activists of four-party alliance and AL-led 14-party in Sylhet city yesterday.

The 14-party activists forced away the Shibir and Jamaat men, who were preparing for a rally in city's court point area.

Shibir men vandalised at the AL office at Ibrahim Smriti Sangsad and five shops and injured Juba League activist Tapan Mitra.

An unidentified man, reportedly a Shibir man, fires a shot while another reloads a weapon during yesterday's clash between Jamaat-e-Islami and 14-party combine near Paltan intersection in the capital. PHOTO: STAR