Pre-election violence in Comilla injures 25
22 December 2015, Nirapad News: At least 25 people, including a policeman, were injured in a clash between the supporters of two mayoral candidates in Chauddagram upazila on Monday.
Police and witnesses said the supporters of Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Mizanur Rahman and the party’s rebel contender Imam Hossain Patwari were campaigning for their candidates in Chauddagram Bazar in the evening.
The clash erupted when Patwari’s followers brought out a procession in the town and chanted slogans against Mizan.
At one stage, a chase and counter-chase took place between them when they threw brick chips at each other, leaving the 25 people injured from both sides.
The injured were taken to Chauddagram Upazila Health Complex and different hospitals of Comilla.
Twelve motorbikes and three microbuses were torched and several shops, including the shop of upazila AL joint convener Akhter Hossain Patwari, were also vandalized during the incident.
Both the groups exploded over 50 crude bombs and fired an unspecified number of blank shots during the fight.
Vehicular movement on Dhaka-Chittagong Highway was disrupted for an hour during the clash.