Section-144 imposed at Basurhat

Published : 22 Feb 2021 09:41 PM

As the AL rival groups headed by Abdul Kader Mirza and Mijanur Rahman Badal have declared counter programmes at Basurhat municipal areas, local administration has imposed section-144 in Basurhat to avert further escalation of the situation. 

A tense and uneasy-calm situation is prevailing in entire Basurhat municipal areas following the incident and the law enforcement agency members remained alert to face any possible untoward incident evolved as a result of the counter programmes of  the rival AL groups. Additional Police forces have already been sent to Basurhat from the district sadar headquarters to control law and order situation of the town. 

An order signed by Companyganj Upazila Nirbahi Officer Ziaul Haque Mir said, section -144 will remain in force everywhere of the municipality from 6-00 am to 6-00 pm on Monday. Holding of any sort of meeting and gathering has been banned during this time. 

Meanhile, most of the shops and markets of Basurhat remain closed from the morning. Traders informed they have kept their shops closed fearing insecurity of their lives.

Eyewitness sources said, the roads approaching Basurhat Muncipal areas have been blocked by dumping tree-trunks, stones and bricks. 

While contacted over mobile phone of Kader Mirja, his assistant Sirajul Islam eceived the phone and informed, Abdul Kader Mirja was taking rest at the AL office.

Another source informed, Mayor Kader Mirja said, he took possession in the party office. Mirja informed, Ekram-Nizam Hazari have sent firearms through trucks and motor-cylces last night. For further death in Compnayganj, Obaidul Kader will be held responsible, he added. 

When contacted to another AL leader Mijanur Rahman Badal, his daughter received the phone and said to call back later but she did not back the call.

Earlier, Mayor of Basurhat Municipality Abdul Kader Mirja called a mourning rally at Rupali Premises at 2-30 pm on Monday demanding trial and punishment of the killers of journalist Burhan Uddin Mujakkir. Former Upazila Chairman Mijanur Rahman Badal also declared to hold a meeting at the same venue at 3-00 pm on Monday. 

It is learnt, Badal declared the programme on Monday through a press conference on Saturday noon in protest against falsehood of Abdul Kader Mirja about the central AL leaders including AL General Secretary, Road Trasport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Kader.

A trader requesting annonimity informed, they failed to sleep last night due to cracking sounds of cocktails. An alien panic is prevaling everywhere and common people are being affected. He demanded resumption of a sound-peaceful environment. 

On duty police of Companyganj Police station ASI Rabiul informed, no report of any untoward incident so far been received from anywhere of the municipality since 9-00 am. Additional police have been deployed to the improtant points and crossings of the town. Police are alert to avert any escalation of the situation.  

Superintendent of Police of Noakhali Alamgir Hossain in this connection informed, no one will be allowed to breach the section-144. Law enforcement agency members will act promptly and strictly if any attempt to hold any meeting or rally is taken by violating the government order.