Separate rallies held by the Awami League and BNP in close proximity have escalated into a skirmish in Sirajganj Sadar Upazila.
Supporters from both sides chased each other and threw brickbats during the brawl that broke out at Kalipara in Sadar Upazila’s Kaliaharipur Union around 11 am on Saturday, said Sirajganj Sadar Police Station chief Humayun Kabir.
The Awami League supporters gathered at the Paikpara intersection to complete preparations ahead of a peace rally organised by the party. Meanwhile, BNP leaders and activists were on their way to join a protest march when the clash occurred. Police later brought the situation under control, according to the locals who witnessed the incident.
After visiting the scene, Sirajganj-2 MP Prof Dr Habibe Millat blamed the BNP for the clash, reports bdnews24.com.
“BNP supporters abruptly attacked Awami League leaders and activists when both sides met on the road. They also vandalised motorcycles and set them on fire.”
Saidur Rahman, general secretary of BNP’s Sirajganj wing, denied Millat’s claim and blamed the ruling party supporters for the incident.
“Awami League supporters had planned the attack to destabilise BNP’s event. Now they are trying to blame us for the attack.”
Police personnel have been deployed at the scene. At least 11 motorcycles were vandalised and set on fire during the incident, Kabir said.
No arrests have been made yet over the incident. The situation in the area is under control now, the police chief added.