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43 hurt in AL, BNP clashes

Star Report
The Daily Star, Nov 04, 2006

Forty-three activists of Awami League (AL) and BNP were injured in clashes at Ghagra Bazar in Purbadhala upazila under Netrakona district and in Matiranga upazila under Khagrachhari district yesterday.

At least 40 people were injured as AL and BNP men got locked into a clash at Ghagra Bazar in Purbadhala upazila yesterday evening, reports our Netrakona correspondent.

BNP brought out a procession protesting the ‘terrorist’ activities of AL at Ghagra Bazar. AL men attacked the procession with sharp weapons, police and witnesses said.

During the hour-long clash that followed, at least 40 people of the two groups were injured.

Seriously injured Azizul Haque, Obaidul Haque, Golam Mostafa, Abul Kalam, Nazrul Islam of BNP and Lat Mia, Hira Akanda, Rukonuddin, Babul Akanda, Amirul Akanda and Enamul Haque of AL were sent to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital.

Additional police have been deployed at Ghagra Bazar as a tense situation is prevailing in the area.

Our Khagrachhari correspondent adds: Three AL activists were seriously injured and several business centres and houses ransacked and torched by BNP activists in different parts of Matiranga upazila in the district yesterday.

The injured AL activists are Mohammad Badal, 28, Mizanur Rahman, 20, and Mohammad Ali, 50.

Matiranga upazila BNP President Abdul Mannan Munnap led the attack, AL and security sources said.

Police arrested five people — three of AL and two of BNP.

Clashes continued in different parts of the upazila as of filing this report in the evening.

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