At least 20 people including police and journalists, were injured in clashes between local leaders and activists of Awami League and BNP during Victory Day celebration in Chuadanga and Lalmonirhat on Saturday.
In Chuadanga, a chase and counter chase took place between leaders and activists of AL and BNP in a rally marking victory day in Dharshana area of Damurhuda upazila in the morning, leaving seven leaders and activists of the both parties injured.
Shonit Kumar Gain, officer-in-charge of Dharshana Police investigation camp, said that the victory day rally was brought out from Dharshana College field. Different organizations including AL and BNP unit of the municipal took part in the rally.
A tense situation prevailed as the leaders and activists of BNP entered the rally. At one stage, a group of BNP leaders and supporters marched ahead from the main rally.
Enraged, a section of AL leaders and activists attacked on them. Later, the chase and counter chase took place between the parties, leaving seven injured, said the OC.
However, police brought the situation under control.
In Lalmonirhat, at least 13 people including two police men and two journalists in a clash between the leaders and activists of AL and BNP.
Mahfuz Alam, officer-in-charge of Lalmonirhat Police Station, said that district BNP unit brought out a Victory Day rally from Zila Railway Jatiyatabadi Sramik Dal office around 11am.
The clash ensued when the leaders and activists of ruling party obstructed the rally.
A chase and counter chase took place.
Police fired five rounds of rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.
Mehedi Hasan Jewel, district correspondent of Asian Television and Jinnatul Islam Jinna, correspondent of Pratidin Sangbad, got injured while they were taking photographs of the clash. Besides, Sushanto Kumar Sarker, assistant superintendent of Police (A-circle), sub-inspector Alamgir and nine other leaders and activists of both parties were injured in the clash.