Police have filed a case against 13 people for obstructing police work and attacking in the Tek Bazar area of Noakhali’s Companiganj upazila. 100-150 people have been made unknown accused in this case. Meanwhile, a 48-hour strike called by a section of the local Awami League is underway in Companiganj over the attack. Awami League leaders and activists vandalized several vehicles during the strike.
Kompaniganj Upazila Awami League Organizing Secretary and former Upazila Chairman Mizanur Rahman Badal’s followers called the strike in protest of the attack. Additional police and RAB have been deployed in the upazila to control the situation.
Companiganj Police Inspector (Investigation) Abul Kalam Azad said the protesters attacked the police in the Tek Bazar area at noon on Saturday, injuring four policemen. Kompaniganj police sub-inspector Nizam Uddin has filed a case against 13 people and 100-150 others. At present the situation in the upazila is normal and under the control of the police.
Meanwhile, picketers vandalized a bus of Basurhat Express leaving for Chittagong at Basurhat New Bus Stand area around 6 am on Sunday during a strike called by anti-Badal supporters. The driver, supervisor and helper were injured at the time. Apart from this, Badal supporters blocked the roads of Charelahi, Bangla Bazar, Charafkira, Chaprashirhat, Musapur and Busarhat by setting fire to tree trunks, bricks and tires.
Police, detective police and RAB have taken position in important places of the upazila. RAB, police and fire service personnel are patrolling the roads and removing the obstructions including the trees left on the road are normalizing the traffic. Most of the shops in Basurhat municipal area were open. No major violence or sabotage was reported anywhere.
Companiganj Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Saifullah Anwar said the situation in Companiganj is calm now as law enforcers are active despite picketers trying to block them at various places. RAB and police are patrolling in different places.