Dhaka: [ioktimes] Two Persons have been reportedly killed in the political clashes that erupted in Bangladesh as the country started balloting for the parliamentary elections today. Recent violence was once suggested between Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Awami League supporters even as tight safety used to be put in position following a weeks-long campaign that saw violence and allegations of a government crackdown on opposition activists.
One Person was killed when police opened fire in “self-defence” on opposition activists who they say had attacked a polling station within the southern town of Bashkhali, mentioned news agency AFP.
An activist for the ruling Awami League celebration was additionally suggested killed after he was crushed on the head with the aid of opposition supporters for the period of a clash in Khagra. The deaths introduced to 6 the quantity of folks tested by way of police to have died in violence concerning the parliamentary election
Voting began at 8 am local time throughout More than 40,000 polling stations and is expected to conclude at 4 pm. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is looking for a fourth straight term in power, was once the primary voter at the Dhaka city college centre within the capital where her legal professional nephew and occasion candidate Fazle Nur Taposh was once a contender.
Over six lakh security personnel including several thousand infantrymen and paramilitary border guards had been deployed across the nation — including throughout the polling stations — to help habits the election in which 10.41 crore people are eligible to vote.
Fourteen folks have died in pre-election clashes thus far.
Cellular operators had been asked to close down 3G and 4G services unless nighttime on Sunday “to restrict the unfold of rumours” that might trigger unrest for the period of the election.
A total of 1,848 candidates are contesting for 299 out of 300 Parliament seats. The polls are being held at forty,183 polling stations.
Thirteen persons were killed and hundreds and hundreds injured in clashes between supporters of Hasina’s ruling Awami League and activists of foremost opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of Zia in pre-poll violence