Voting was suspended in six centres of Chandpur’s Haziganj and Kochua due to rigging and invasion of polling centres during the third phase of the Upazlia election on Saturday.
The centres in Haziganj were – Purbo
Rajargaon Government Primary School, Poshchim Rajargaon Government Primary
School, Menapara Peer Badshah Miah High School and Nasircourt High
Polls were earlier suspended in Kochua centres at Shilasthan
Government Primary School and Teguria Government Primary
Supporters of Awami League and BNP-backed chairman candidates had
a tussle over rigging at Teguria Government Primary School at 9am, said Chandpur
SP Md Amir Zafar.
The clash left 15 injured, he said.
people were injured at 1pm when they clashed again in the centre, said SP
Allegations of rigging also led to clashes in Haziganj’s Poshchim
Rajargaon Government Primary School at 11am.
Five persons were injured in
the back-to-back clashes between supporters of Awami League and BNP-backed
candidates in Menapara Peer Badshah Miah High School. A ballot box was taken
away during the melee.
Voting was stopped in the centres due to
commotions, but no one was arrested, the SP said.
The centres which
witnessed chaos had been closed and law enforcers were alerted to prevent
further violence, said Returning Officer Md Nurullah Noori.
independent candidate has boycotted the polls due to alleged rigging and attack
on polling centres.
“My rivals started to attack voting centres as I was
sure to win. They shoved off my agents from various centres and resorted to
massive proxy voting,” Alamgir Kabir Patwari told reporters during a press
conference at noon.
“Because of all these, I have no other option but to
boycott the poll.”