Bangladesh: Ruling party infighting leaves 4 dead

By SM Najmus Sakib

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AA) – At least four people were killed and another 50 injured in a clash between two factions of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League party on Friday, local media reported.

The deadly clash took place in central Narsingdi district, 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Dhaka, over political supremacy in the region, the daily Samakal said in a report, citing a senior police official.

An old dispute between the followers of late Awami League leader Shiral Islam and slain leader Shahed Sarkar gained momentum following the announcement of general election schedule.

Belal Hossain, assistant police superintendent in the area, told media an additional contingent of police personnel has been deployed to bring the situation under control.

Bangladesh will hold general elections on Dec. 30, 2018, the country’s election commission announced earlier this month.