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Hindu voters threatened in Gopalganj

  • Published at 05:46 pm May 6th, 2016
  • Last updated at 06:17 pm May 6th, 2016
AL-backed Md Shafiqul Alam Molla filed a written complaint with the Muksudpur police OC on this regard against independent candidate Abul Kalam Azad. The police arrested one of Azad's supporters named Kazi Saidur Rahman in this connection. In the written complaint, Shafiqul said when Awami League supporters were campaigning on his behalf at Aruakandi village yesterday – the last day of campaigning before Saturday's election – a group of men led by Saidur issued open threats against the Hindu community there. The culprits threatened violence and said they would undress the women of the village if the Hindu families voted for the Boat symbol. One of the locals said supporters of Azad were threatening to beat people up if the ballot was cast for Boat. Requesting the Dhaka Tribune to keep his identity anonymous, the villager said he feared of being targeted by Azad's criminal gang if his name was published on newspaper. However, Azad denied all allegations against him and counter-claimed that Awami League supporters were trying to impede the election campaigning of his own camp. Claiming that the ruling party-backed candidate was using the police to intimidate and torture his supporters, Azad said he would win if the election was peaceful. Sub-Inspector Gias Uddin of Sindhiaghat police outpost told the Dhaka Tribune that Saidur was arrested for issuing threats publicly. He also insisted that the police were not harassing any one.