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Dhaka city polls: Independent aspirant's office vandalized in Kamrangirchar

  • Published at 08:02 pm January 24th, 2020
Vandalized office of Saidur Rahman Ratan, independent councillor aspirant of Borogram area of Kamrangirchar in Dhaka UNB

Saidur Rahman said his rival Md Hossain came to his office and ordered him to withdraw from the upcoming city polls

The office of an independent councillor aspirant has been vandalized and torched, allegedly by an Awami League-backed candidate in Borogram area of Kamrangirchar in Dhaka. 

The incident took place on Friday afternoon, reports UNB.

Saidur Rahman Ratan, also Kamrangirchar unit Awami League general secretary, is running independently for the councillor post of Ward 56 in the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) polls rescheduled for February 1.

Saidur said his rival Md Hossain, the Awami League-supported aspirant, came to his office with 500-600 of his followers and ordered him to withdraw from the upcoming elections.

He claimed that they vandalized and torched his office when he refused to stand down.

Witnesses said they heard 15-20 gunshots during the attack. 

Keraniganj police confirmed that shots were fired but its Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mashiur Rahman could not say which side opened fire.

He said two groups clashed around 3:30pm while five to six followers of Saidur Rahman were injured. 

They received first aid at local hospitals, the OC said.

"We took the situation under control within half an hour," he added. 

Md Hossain could not be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.