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7dead, over 100 injured during violence-marred polls in Bangladesh

 DHAKA:At least seven people were killed and over 100 wounded in violence during local government elections in Bangladesh on Thursday. 

Voting was held for 841 local councils, known as union parishads, in nationwide elections that are being held in phases, with Thursday’s round being the second phase.

 Clashes were reported between supporters of candidates backed by the Awami League and independents looking to thwart the ruling party’s bid to further tighten its grip on power in the country of some 165 million.

 

 The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party has boycotted the elections, accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government of intimidation and malpractices.

 Officials confirmed that three people died in the central Narshindhi district, two in Cumilla, and one each in Cox’s Bazar and the port city of Chattogram.

 Reportedly,rival factions confronted each other with guns, knives, hockey sticks and other weapons. 

Security forces were also seen using batons to control unruly mobs at polling centers,according to reports.

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