Irregularities in Munshiganj polls

Voting was suspended for two hours at Rajnagar Primary School centre at Sirajdikhan as alleged criminals vandalised a voting box at the centre
Stray incidents of violence, including repeated chase-counter chase, vandalism, clashes, boycotting, suspension of voting have marked the polls at three upazilas in Munshiganj.

At least 12 people, including police and journalists were injured, while two people were detained at the centres from Tongibari, Sirajdikhan, and Louhajong upazilas yesterday. Voting was temporarily suspended at some centres, while a BNP candidate boycotted the polls, alleging irregularities.

At Boloi Government Primary School centre in Tongibari, voting was suspended from 11am as a scuffle broke out between the candidates of the ruling Awami League and the BNP. Later, voting resumed at 1pm, but was again suspended from 1:45pm because of the clashes. Police fired 30 rounds rubber bullets to tame the situation that left five people injured.

At Panchgaon Government Primary School centre under the same upazila, ruling party activists allegedly swooped on My TV cameraman Kamal and the Munshiganj Times photojournalist Tushar and snatched away Kamal’s camera while he was taking footage from the centre. Later, police detained Yar Hossain and Sumon in this connection and recovered the camera.

Voting was suspended for two hours at Rajnagar Primary School centre at Sirajdikhan as alleged criminals vandalised a voting box at the centre. Later, army officials took control of the centre and recovered a revolver.

In Louhajong, BNP-backed candidate Shahjahan Khan boycotted the polls and submitted a written complaint, demanding re-poll, Upazila Nirbahi Officer Khalekuzzaman confirmed.

Shahjahan said his agents were barred to enter at 25 polling centres out of 45, adding that irregularities were seen at other centres as well.

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