Voting relatively peaceful with strong presence of law enforcers

Nuruzzaman Labu
Published : 15:52, Dec 30, 2018 | Updated : 14:13, Dec 31, 2018

A few sporadic incidents happened before the night of the 11th National Parliamentary Election. One Jubo League leader was hacked to death in Patia, Chattogram; in Noakhali, ballot boxes were snatched from the presiding officer, in Laxmipur, one unknown person was killed by terrorists. However, no major incident was reported in the capital or adjacent areas. Law enforcers say that there’s adequate security around the country.
In addition to law enforcing agencies, the BGB and army are also performing their duties.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told the media, “People are voting in an atmosphere of celebration; there’s no reason for fear.”
Referring to the isolated incidents, he said, “one or two incident may happen; we are investigating and will take proper steps.”
In Patia, Chottagram, Jubo League activist, Deen Mohammad was allegedly killed by BNP-Jamaat activists.
Over the tearing of posters, there have been vandalism and violence in Sirajganj-2, where five persons were wounded.
In Ghagra Union of Rangamati, Jubo League General Secretary Basir Uddin was killed and in Baghaichari of Rangamati, Jubo Dal activists attacked AL activists.
In the morning of election-day, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammad Javed Patwary said, “There have been some sporadic incidents including looting of election equipment in Noakhali.”
We are trying to recover them, he said.
1116 platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) are stationed all over the country along with a total of 700,000 Ansars, police and others. In the capital, 20,000 police members and 25,000 Ansars are on the field.
Also, 10,000 RAB members are engaged in ensuring security.
Director General of Rapid Action Battalion said, “In the past, there have been incidents of arson during election and this time we are prepared.”