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Post-poll violence leaves 40 hurt in Habiganj

25At least 40 people were injured in a post-polls clash at Monglapur village under Aushkandi union of Habiganj’s Nabiganj upazila on Sunday night.
Locals said the clash ensued after the supporters of defeated chairman candidate Maolana Mostofa Ahmed swooped on the supporters of elected member candidate Joytun Miah because Joytun berated Mostafa at the village.
Both groups used sticks and other weapons during the clash that gradually spread over the entire village and the adjacent areas.
Being informed, police from Nabiganj Police Station rushed to the spot and struggled for an hour to bring the situation under control. They fired rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse the feuding groups.
Abdul Baten, officer-in-charge of Nabiganj Police Station, said around 40 people from both sides was injured in the clash.
Of the injured, five were admitted to Habiganj Sadar Hospital, seven to Nabiganj Health Complex, and 13 to private clinics. The rest were given first aid.
Additional police were deployed to avert further trouble, the OC added.