Four polling centres torchedNew Age Online
Five voting centres have been set on fire in Feni's Daganbhuiyan two days before the general elections due on Sunday amid the opposition's nonstop blockade across the country, bdnews24.com reported.
Two of the educational institutions that housed the polling centres have been gutted and two others partially damaged, while it was possible to douse the fire before it spread to another.
The acts of sabotage had been carried out around the same time in the wee hours of Friday, said Daganbhuiyan Police Station's officer in charge Md Nizam Uddin.
All the five education institutions were supposed to be used as polling centres during the 10th national elections.
Arsonists set fire to the Gajaria Model Academy and Sultana Memorial High School around 1.30am, RAB-7 Feni camp captain Maj Mohiuddin said.
Locals and fire fighters rushed to the spot and put out the fire.
Semi-concrete rooms, furniture and new textbooks kept for distribution among students of the two schools were gutted.
Nayanpur Government Primary School was also torched around the same time.
The arsonists also set the Sekandarpur Bashiria Dakhil Madrassa and the Karimullah High School on fire.
Police, RAB, BGB and army personnel have stepped up patrolling in these affected areas since morning, Nizamuddin said.
Jatiya Party candidate Rintu Anwar is contesting with the ‘plough’ symbol and Awami League’s rebel candidate Rahim Ullah is contesting as an independent candidate from this constituency.
The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance has been relentlessly enforcing shutdowns and blockades since Nov 26, rejecting the polls schedule.
The alliance demanded the election be held under the supervision of a non-party government.
Candidates of 153 constituencies have already been declared uncontested winners since the opposition is boycotting the elections.
Voting will be held in the remaining 147 seats on Sunday.
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