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5 killed, 50 injured in post-polls violence

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An elderly woman takes treatment  at Mitfort Hospital after being injured in a post-election clash between two rival groups at Dohar in Dhaka on Monday. 
— Sanaul Haque  An elderly woman takes treatment at Mitfort Hospital after being injured in a post-election clash between two rival groups at Dohar in Dhaka on Monday. — Sanaul Haque

At least five people, two of a family, were killed and 50 others injured in the post-election polls violence that erupted in Dohar in Dhaka district, Noakhali, Dinajpur and elsewhere in the country, the police and correspondents said on Monday.
Miscreants attacked religious minorities in Jessore and Dinajpur, and attacks on vehicles, houses and property by both winning and defeated candidates were also reported from Magura, Narayanganj, Meherpur, Barguna, Gaibandha, Satkhira and other districts following the 10th parliamentary election held on Sunday.
At least 20 people were killed in violence on the election day.
In Dohar, supporters of the defeated Awami League candidate Abdul Mannan attacked the followers of the winner, Jatiya Party’s Salma Islam at Hazarbigha village of Bilashpur union in the morning, triggering violent clashes.
A witness, Shah Jalal Khandker, said that some 250 supporters of Mannan led by Hukum Ali Choddar and brandishing lethal weapons had pounced on activists of another AL leader, Alauddin Molla, also the
Bilashpur union council chairman.
Alauddin, Dohar upazila unit vice-president of AL, supported the JP candidate in the polls while Hukum Ali is Bilashpur union unit president of AL.
During the fighting, the victims alleged that Mannan’s supporters had vandalised the houses and property of his rival and his followers, leaving about 25 people injured.
Of the victims, Musa Khandakar, 55, his son Masud Khandaker, 28, and Makbul Hossain Munshi, 32, were beaten and hacked to death on the spot, the police and family members said.
Some of the injured people were taken to the local hospital while at least eight were sent to Mitford Hospital and Dhaka Medical College Hospital as their condition deteriorated.  They said police reached the spot after the clash had ended.
The Dohar police picked up three supporters of Hukum Ali for interrogation and process was underway to file a case.
 Dhaka’s additional police superintendent Monalisa Begum confirmed the deaths of the three supporters of Alauddin. The locals feared further violence.
Monalisa said reinforcements were despatched to avoid further trouble.
In the Dhaka 1 constituency, JP leader Salma Islam has defeated AL candidate Abdul Mannan, the immediate-past state minister for housing and public works, by 5,700 votes.
New Age correspondent in Noakhali reported that an activist of Juba League, who was injured in the post-election violence on Sunday night, died in hospital on Monday morning.
The activist, Mahfuz Alam, 24, was fatally injured when opposition men pounced on a victory procession of AL and Juba League at Gazaria bazar in the district.
In Dinajpur, Md Asadullah, 18, died in Dinajpur Medical College Hospital on Monday after law enforcers beat him up following a clash with AL activists at a polling station in Birganj upazila on Sunday afternoon.
The media reported that people of minority communities had also come under attack allegedly by opposition men in Dinajpur that left several hundred families homeless.  
Dinajpur deputy commissioner Ahmed Shamim Al Razi told New Age on Monday afternoon that some 20 Hindu families were affected in the arson attack by ‘fundamentalists’ on Sunday evening. Four houses were gutted in the fire. ‘We have taken necessary steps in this regard,’ he said after visiting the affected locality.
The correspondent in Jessore reported that miscreants had attacked and damaged about 100 houses of fishermen belonging to the Hindu community at Malopara- Chapatala under Abhaynagar upazila on Sunday night.
The victims and the police said activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir had mounted the attack.
Abhaynagar upazila nirbahi officer Shifat Mehnaz, however, told New Age that miscreants had attacked about 12 houses at Malopara after the election on Sunday.
‘It is not clear who carried out the attacks’, she said adding that the district administration had distributed 200 blankets among the victims.
Clashes also took place in Gaibandha.
Narayanganj correspondent said miscreants had set fire to the Fatulla unit AL office  on Sunday night.  
The Magura correspondent reported that the supporters of the defeated independent candidate Kutubullah Hossain Miah Kuti had attacked followers of the winner, AL’s Shirajul Akbar in Sripur upazila, setting fire to four shops and a car.
In Barguna, at least 15 people were injured in separate election violence in Amtoli and Taltoli upazilas. 
In Meherpur, supporters of winning independent candidate Mokbul Hossain had attacked the houses and property of defeated AL candidate MA Khaleque in Gagni upazila.
The Pirojpur correspondent said miscreants and opposition activists had torched an AL office and hacked two activists of the party on Monday and Sunday night.
Miscreants torched the Brahmankathi unit AL office in Pirojpur town on Monday morning.
The correspondent in Jhenaidah said at least six people were injured in polls-related clashes at Kalikapur in the municipality area on Monday afternoon.

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