Dhaka – Unidentified assailants shot dead at least six people, including one presiding officer of a polling stations, in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Rangamati.
The attack was carried out in the evening at Noymile area when a team of election officials returning from Sajek to Baghaichhari upazila headquarters after the voting in local government institution was completed, police officer Manzurul Islam said.
The officials were carrying the ballot boxes and other election material as the counting of the ballots was completed.
Police identified the deceased as Abdul Hannan, the presiding officer of the polling station, Abu Toiyeb assistant presiding officer, Ami Hossain, polling officer, and Al Amin, a member of the Ansar auxiliary force.
Identity of the other could not be ascertained immediately.
District police chief Alamgir Kabir said an investigation was launched into the attack.
Officer Manzurul Alam said four of them died on the scene. He said at least five others were sent to local health facilities as they sustained bullet injuries.
The election officials came under attack at around 7 pm as they were travelling by a chander gari, a jeep locally modified to use for public transport in the hilly region, from Sajek.
The staggered election to the local government Upazlia election began on March 10 on the first phase. Voting was scheduled in 116 Upazila Parisahds for Monday as Bangladesh’s election authorities staggered conducting of the local polls to nearly 500 constituencies in six phases.
Helal Uddin Ahmed, secretary to the election commission, at a press conference said barring a few isolated incidents the voting on Monday was generally peaceful.
The commission suspended voting only eight out of 7,039 polling stations because of troubles.