At least 20 leaders and activists of local Awami League and Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) were injured as the private car of Finance Minister AMA Muhith hits them at Shibganj area of the city on Friday noon.
Some of injured were identified as Kabirul Islam Kabir, Assistant Personal Secretary (APS) of Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, General Secretary of Sylhet district unit AL and former Member of Parliament, Md Abul Hossain, APS of AK Abdul Momen Chowdhury (brother of Finance Minister), Nasir Uddin, vice-president, 9 No ward AL, Nur Mohammad Babu, former president of district unit BCL, and lower-level BCL leaders Mosarraf Hossain, Jakir Ahmed, Lokman Ahmed, Nasim Ahmed, Juned Hossain, UNB reports.
Among the injured, 12 were admitted to MAG Osmani Medical Collage Hospital, said Dr Manoj and Dr Panna, emergency medical officers of the hospital.
Quoting driver of the car, officer-in-charge Kotwali Police Station Gousul Hossain said the accident took place in front of Sonapara Jam-e-Masjid as the car's brakes failed while they were waiting for the minister alongside the road.
The car was waiting for the minister after Jummah-prayer.
However the minister was not in the car in that time, OC added.
Finance Minister AMA Muhith also visited the hospital around 3pm and directed the doctors for better treatment of the injured, the OC said.
However, Advocate Misbah Uddin Siraj, organising secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, demanded the arrest of the driver and investigation of the accident..