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UNO assaulted by ‘AL men’ in Gazipur

Gazipur's Kaliganj UNO Azizur Rahman and some Ansar members have been assaulted allegedly by a group of Awami League activists this afternoon for not allowing them to park vehicles on the upazila parishad premises.

The upazila nirbahi officer and an Ansar member were injured in the incident, said Faizur Rahman, OC of Kaliganj Police Station, reports our local correspondent.

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Witnesses said around 10-12 followers of Moktarpur Union AL President Alamgir Hossain, also the Moktarpur UP chairman, carried out the attack in his presence.

They said the upazila AL arranged a memorial meeting at Kaliganj RRN Pilot Government High School ground this afternoon on the occasion of the 39th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed Moiz Uddin Ahmed.

Around 1:00pm, UP Chairman Alamgir along with his several hundred followers on battery-run auto-rickshaws and motorcycles entered the upazila parishad premises and started chanting slogans when another function of Shilpakala Academy was underway at the upazila parishad auditorium on the occasion of National Girl Child Day.

Ansar members informed them about the national programme, but they did not stop chanting slogans, said the witnesses.

As AL men were requested to park their vehicles outside the upazila parishad premises, they became angry with some Ansar men.

At one stage, the UNO reached the scene and also requested the chairman to park the vehicles outside.

Talking to reporters, UNO Azizur said he urged the chairman and his supporters not to park auto-rickshaws and motorcycles on the upazila parishad premises, but the chairman became furious.

"At that time, the leaders and activists who were accompanying him [chairman] attacked me and some other government officials at the instigation of the UP chairman," added the UNO.

The OC further said legal action will be taken if anyone files a complaint in this connection.