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BNP men clash with cops, torch 2 police cars at Nayapaltan
At least 20 BNP activists and supporters were injured during a clash with police in front of the partyÕs Nayapaltan office in Dhaka this afternoon.
BNP supporters allegedly set fire to two police vehicles and also vandalised several vehicles, our staff correspondent reports from the spot.
Confirming the incident, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Motijheel Division) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police Shiblee Noman said at least 20 policemen also suffered injuries when the BNP activists hurled brick chips on them during the clash.
They were undergoing treatment at Rajarbagh Police Lines Hospital.
BNP activists engaged in a violent clash with police around 1:00pm and vandalised several vehicles, said Omar Faruk, officer-in-charge (OC) of Motijheel Police Station.
Witnesses said BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas along with his several hundred supporters marched towards their party office around 12:30pm and staged a showdown there, halting traffic on the road.
BNP men torch vehicles
Additional police forces are deployed in Nayapaltan area on November 14, 2018 after BNP men lock in a
Police tried to remove the BNP men from the road to free the road, they said.
At one stage, police locked into an altercation with the BNP leaders and activists and started charging batons to maintain the disperse the activists.
The BNP leaders and activists also hurled brickbats targeting the cops.
Thousands of BNP leaders and activists gathered in front of their office since morning as the party continued to sell its nomination forms for the third consecutive day today among those who want to contest the 11th parliamentary elections with its tickets.
On Monday morning, the party formally started the sale of nomination with the purchase of three nomination papers for its jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
BNP sold 1,326 nomination papers on the first day while 1,896 ones on the second day.
The sale of nomination papers will continue until Friday (November 16).
Attack on BNP men affecting electoral atmosphere: Fakhrul
Asked about today’s violence at Nayapaltan, Mirza Fakhrul said, Òthe attack on leaders is affecting the election-time atmosphere. We condemn this.Ó
He told reporters while replying to a query of journalists before entering Election Commission office.
Leaders of Jatiya Oikyafront, which has been formed with BNP and several other political parties, went to EC office for holding a meeting with Chief Election Commissioner to discuss election-related issues.