UP chairman arrested over clash at AL conference in Rajshahi

The Detective Branch (DB) of Rajshahi district police arrested a union parishad (UP) chairman in a case filed over a clash between two rival factions of the ruling Awami League in Rajshahi’s Bagha upazila.

The arrestee is Merajul Islam, chairman of Pakuria union and former general secretary of district Chhatra League.

Sajjad Hossain, officer-in-charge (OC) of Bagha Police Station, said DB arrested Merajul from Rajshahi city’s Shiroil area on Thursday morning.

Earlier on Monday, at least 25 people including police members were injured in the clash during the party’s tri-annual conference at Bagha upazila.

The incident occurred around 11am at Shahdowla Government College premises in the upazila.

According to witnesses, after the guests took their seats on the stage supporters of Akkas Ali, former municipal mayor and member of district AL started giving slogans chanting his name in front of the stage.

After that, supporters of Shahriar Alam, president of upazila Awami League and state minister for foreign affairs and Akkas Ali locked in an armed clash leaving at least 25 people injured.

Later, two cases were filed mentioning 82 people by name and 700 unnamed people in this regard on Monday night.

Source: United News of Bangladesh