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BNP leader killed, 29 hurt in AL attack in Natore

Edit Date:10/10/2010 12:00:00 AM

Oct 8: A BNP leader and Boraigram Upazila Chairman Sanaullah Nur Babu was killed and at least 25 others, mostly local BNP leaders were injured in a bloody attack on a BNP procession allegedly by local Awami League and its youth affiliate, the Juba League cadres.

The injured include the BNP upazila Vice-Chairman candidate Jamal Uddin Ali, Upazila Jubadal President Rafique Sarder, Nazim Uddin, Abdul Alim and Mozammel Haque.
In protest against the attack Natore BNP has called a day-long hartal (general strike) in the district tomorrow.
The incident occurred after a BNP procession organised as part of the party’s month-long campaign against the government reached Bonpara in Natore district.
According to witnesses when the BNP procession with Sanaullah Nur Babu at its head reached Bonpara bazaar around 11 AM yesterday, a gang of armed Awami League and Jubo League leaders headed allegedly by Zakir Hossain attacked the processionists.
The attackers also burnt and damaged three microbuses, three private cars and seven CNG scooters on the roads.


The attackers also beat up and injured the photographers and correspondent of the Daily Destiny. The Banglar Chokh, reporter Tofazzal Hossain had right leg broken and right arm seriously hurt in the attack.
Nasim Uddin of Bangladesh Protidin and Rana Ahmed of ATN Bangla suffered a fractured skull. Limon Hossain of Diganta Television was badly beaten up with  sticks.
The alleged Awami League attackers also snatched away two cameras from the journalists.
Soon after the incident, Boraigram Municipal BNP held a rally and took out a protest procession headed by former minister M. Ruhul Quddus Talukder Dulu in which the Awami League leaders were roundly flayed for street violence, and for the killing of Nur Babu. Dulu termed the such attack on an unarmed BNP procession and journalists an 'outcome of the fascist character of the present regime.'
The traffic on the Dhaka-Rajshahi and Natore-Pabna road was suspended for three hours.
All markets and business establishments at Bonpara were also shut down as there was a general panic. Anawar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Boraigram upazila said, additional police had been deployed in the troubled area and the situation was now under control.

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