At least seven people, including a police officer, were injured by stray bullets at a street rally of Awami League presidium member Kazi Zafarullah at Kawlibera under Bhanga in Faridpur on Saturday.
Some of the injured, including Bhanga police station officer-in-charge Nazmul Islam, were given first aid and at least two others were moved to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.
The shot fired at the rally in Faridpur’s Bhanga was however, not an accident as claimed by police, a local Juba League leader has said.
The president of the committee of a local market also made similar observation.
Bhanga Juba League Organising Secretary Mamun Sheikh said the shot was fired on Saturday following a dispute over inaugurating a bridge at Munshibari in Kaulibera.
Munshibazar Shop Owners Association President Ali Hossain said local MP Mujibur Rahman Chowdhury Nixon had inaugurated the bridge a week ago.
“Kazi Zafarullah came to inaugurate the bridge again today (Saturday) and hold a rally. There was some dispute with the locals over the matter. A shot was heard afterwards,” he said.
Police, however, said the incident happened when the shotgun, which Faridpur Awami League leader Dipak Majumder’s bodyguard was carrying, accidentally went off during the rally.
Bhanga Police Station OC Nazmul Islam was among eight, who sustained bullet injuries during the shooting.
OC Islam is being treated at the Bhanga Upazila Health Complex with gunshot injuries on the shoulder.
He also said it was an accident.
Independent MP Nixon claimed the incident happened as a result of internal conflicts among Zafarullah’s supporters.
He demanded that those responsible for the incident be brought to justice after investigation.
Police said no case was filed over the incident until afternoon. They were however, unable to explain how a anyone was allowed to possess private weapons at the time.
Renegade Awami League candidate Nixon defeated the party’s candidate Zafarullah during the last general election.