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25 injured in Sylhet AL factional clash

At least 25 people were reportedly injured during a clash between two factions of Awami League in Usmani Nagar upazila on Monday.

The clash originated after Manjur and Hannan, two AL leaders belonging to rival camps within the party, locked into an altercation and at one stage Hannan thrashed Manjur at Tazpur Degree College compound.

Later, Manjur gathered his men and counter-attacked near Tazpur bazar, springing a one hour long skirmish.

Both the factions pelted stones at each other indiscriminately, leaving at least 25 people injured, including Upazila Swecchasebok League leader Chanchal Pal, besides vandalizing a dispensary.

Police opened rounds of fire tackling the clash that triggered a huge gridlock on the Sylhet-Dhaka route.

Ana Mia, the president of Tazpur Degree College Jubo League unit said he had heard a bit about the clash where Chanchal Pal had “blamed the attackers of being BNP-Jamaat men”. Ana and Chanchal are said to be the leaders of the two camps that fought today.

Confirming the occurrence, officer in charge of Usmani Nagar police Station Anwarul Haq said additional police forces have been deployed to avoid unwanted circumstances.