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3 shot as factions clash in Banskhali UP polls

WT24 Desk

Three people sustained bullet injures in a clash between the supporters of two chairman candidates at a polling centre during union parishad polls at Katharia union in Bashkhali upazila on Monday, Agencies report.

Local people said an altercation ensued between the supporters of Awami League-backed chairman candidate Ibne Amin and rebel candidate Joynal Abedin near Dakkhin Bagmara Government Primary School polling centre around 12:45 am.

At one stage, both groups exchanged gunfire, leaving three people, including a ten-year-old girl, injured with bullets. Munir Hossain Khan, election officer of Chittagong region, said voting at the poling centre was suspended for half-an-hour following the incident.

Mohammad Rezaul Masud, additional superintendent of Chittagong police, said the injured were taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital and additional security measures were taken at the centre following the clash.

However, voting for elections to 14 Union Parishads in Banshkhali Upazila was held amid some stray incidents of violence on Monday.

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