Bangladesh union parishad polls: Presiding officers shot in Noakhali

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Dhaka, Mar. 22 (ANI): Two presiding officers have been shot dead in Noakhali as reports of gunfire came from voting centers in Patuakhali and Satkhira during the first phase of union parishad elections.

In Noakhali, assistant presiding officers Abdul Awal and Shahadat Hossain were shot by unknown miscreants near Char King Girls High School in Hatia upazila, reports Daily Star.

In Satkhira, two people – Ruhul Kuddus and Rubel Hossain – were shot as law enforcers opened gunfire to disperse a clash in Kumira union’s Vaghbagh polling centre.

The police opened fire to take control of the situation after the violence erupted in the area, the Superintendant of District Police informed.

Voting remained suspended at eight other polling centers, including Vaghbah polling centre, said Mahbubur Rahman, the Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Tala upazila.

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In Patuakhali, three people were shot in Chungapara Government Primary School in Kolapara upazila’s Chakamoiya union, OC Shahnewaz of Kolapara Police Station said.

In Comilla, three people were shot in Fatehabad union’s Barakanda Government Primary School voting center as supporters of two union parishad chairman candidates clashed at around 9:50 a.m., Debidar Police Station OC Mizanur Rahman said.(ANI)

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