A man has been killed and another injured as Border Guard Bangladesh troops opened fire after chaos erupted at a polling centre in Bandarban’s Naikhongchhari in the fifth phase of Union Council election.
The incident took place at the polling centre at Patrajhiri Government Primary School of the upazila’s Gumdhum union around 3pm on Monday (Oct 14), Presiding Officer Imdad Ullah told UkhiyaNews.com.
The deceased has been identified as Mongkisa Chakma while the injured is Aungchai Mong Marma.
Locals said a group of supporters of local union parishad member, Azmat Ali Bulu, came to the polling station to cast fake votes around 3pm. As supporters of another candidate, Babul Kanti Tongchangya prevented them a chaotic situation arose outside the polling zone.
At one point, on-duty BGB members opened fired to control the situation, leaving the causality.
Three union parishads — Naikhongchhari Sadar, Sonaichhari and Gumdhum — under the upazila went to polls earlier in the morning for the election of new chairmen and members. The incident took place amid voting.