Two teenage boys were run over by a vehicle and killed amid a clash between two factions of the Awami League in the Adabor area of Dhaka’s Mohammadpur.
The dead were identified as Arif, 17, and Shujon, 15. They were killed on Noboudoy Housing Road area, eyewitnesses said.
A local guard named Abdul Jabbar told bdnews24.com:
“Some youths came near the iron gate on a pickup van, when a group noticed the pickup and attacked it. People began to run around.”
The pickup tried to make a hasty getaway and the two boys were caught beneath the wheels. Arif was taken to Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.
Arifs brother Alauddin told bdnews24.com:
“My brother was on his way to a Jubo League programme. He tried to flee when the car was attacked and was caught underneath the wheels.”
Shujon was taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, where he later died.
Clashes between the two groups also occurred at Adabor Road 10 and Road 16, and the north Sunibir Housing and Shampa Market areas. At least 20 others were injured in the clashes.
Fighting broke out between supporters of local MP Jahangir Kabir Nanak and prospective candidate Sadek Khan, locals said.
Nanak, the joint general secretary of the central party, also plans to run for the Awami League nomination. Sade Khan, the general secretary for the Dhaka City North branch of the party, is planning to compete against him.
“Two factions of the Awami League have clashed,” Adabor Police Station OC Kawser Ahmed told bdnews24.com at 10:45am. “The situation has calmed. We are on the alert and are monitoring the situation.”
Sadek Khan told bdnews24.com that: “The attack on my supporters was led by the Jubo Leagues Tuhin.”
Adabor Jubo League Convener Ariful Islam Tuhin is known as a follower of Nanak.
He denied the allegations to bdnews24.com.
“It is clear who is responsible for attacks on current MPs. The BNP or Jamaat. The attack was intended to cause unrest and sow discord amongst the Awami League,” Tuhin said.
The Awami League has begun selling nomination applications for the upcoming 11th Parliamentary Election. Candidates have begun picking up the applications from the partys headquarters in Dhanmondi, accompanied by their supporters.