Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) – At least three opposition activists were killed as police opened fire while they were trying to foil polls in the country’s two northern districts early Sunday.
Two activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami were killed as police opened fire while they were trying to seize a polling centre at Pirgachha upazila in Rangpur district around 1:30am, a local police official said.
A youth was killed in police firing when the activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, were trying to torch a polling centre in Dimla upazila of Nilphamari district.
An activist of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, a front organisation of main opposition BNP, hurt in a clash with Awami League activists in Lalmonirhat Saturday, succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical College and Hospital early Sunday, according to reports.
Voting began 147 constituencies out of 300 at 8:00 am on Sunday amid high tension and fear following the opposition’s boycott and widespread arson attacks across the country.
BBN/SSR/AD-05Jan14-12:22 pm (BST)