At least 30 people were injured, including three with bullets, in a clash between supporters of two chairman candidates belonging to ruling Awami League in Bhedarganj upazila of Shariatpur on Thursday over their defeat in Wednesday’s polls.
The injured include Zasim Bepari, Monir Hossain Mollah, police constables Rezaul, Ashan Habib and Shaidullah Shikdar. All of them were admitted to Bhedarganj Upazila Health Complex and a local hospital.
Locals said men of ruling party-supported candidate Altaf Hossain and AL rebel contestant Habibur Rahman, equipped with locally made weapons, locked in the clash over the defeat of their leaders in polls to the upazila.
During the clash that lasted for three hours, chases and counter-chases took place between the two groups.
On information, police rushed to the spot and fired 56 rounds of rubber bullets and lobbed 10 round teargas shells to bring the situation under control.
Altaf and Habibur lost the polls to BNP-supported candidate Anwar Majhi in the upazila polls held on Wednesday.