Dhaka – One person has reportedly been killed as police fired bullets to disperse mob at a polling station ahead of voting open for local government elections in central Bangladeshi district of Tangail, police said on Thursday.
The lawmen fired their guns as a group of people tired to snatch ballot papers from Sonamuri Gupta Brindaban Primary School centre of Ghatail in Tangail district in the early hours, leaving one person dead, officer Sanjit Kumar Roy said.
The man was identified as Abdul Malek, a relative of a candidate contesting for the position of councillor at women’s reserved seat.
Voting remained suspended in the polling station after the violence.
Elections and by-elections to 133 Union Parishad, the lowest tire of the local government, in different districts of the country began Thursday amid tight security.
Started at 8 am, the voting will conclude at 4pm.
The Election Commission announced the pending elections to 47 Union Parisahd while by-election to 72 other unions for voting on March 29. It also arranged elections to seven municipalities and by-elections to four municipalities and election to an Upazila Parishad in different posts.
Election official SM Asaduzzaman said voters in the by-elections at two wards in Chittagong and Khulna City Corporations have been casting votes to elect ward councilors.
Peaceful holding of the votes were reported from other parts of the country.