20 hurt in Patuakhali infighting

Published : 17 Mar 2023 09:34 PM

At least 20 people of the ruling Awami League were injured in a clash between two groups of the party on Friday.

The injured were admitted to local hospitals. But their identities could not be known immediately.

Of them, Bauphal upazila unit AL General Secretary and Upazila Parishad Chairman Abdul Motaleb Hawlader was hospitalised at Sher-E-Bangla Medical College Hospital with serious injury, hospital doctors said.

A tense situation had been prevailing in the area over the matter for the last few days.

Auribindu, an upazila unit Juba League leader, told UNB that Motaleb and his followers brought out a celebratory procession around 11:00am.

Police obstructed the procession in front of upazila parishad gate when it was marching towards the party office, he said. Suddenly, several hundred supporters of Faisal Ahmed Monir, nephew of the lawmaker and upazila unit AL President Feroz, attacked Motaleb and his men with sharp weapons when an altercation broke out between police and him, Auribindu said.

Law enforcers fired at least 7-8 rounds of rubber bullets to bring the situation under control, causing a panic among locals. As of filing this report around 3:00pm, a tense situation has been prevailing in the area.

Al Mamun, officer-in-charge of Bauphal police station, said an additional number of police personnel have been deployed to ward off any unexpected incident further.

He said they were forced to fire the rubber bullets to disperse the infighting groups.

Md Al Amin, Bauphal upazila nirbahi officer, said both groups promised to hold their events in a peaceful manner but no one kept their words despite his request.