Pabna: At least 14 BNP leaders and activists, including the Ishwardi municipality mayor, were manhandled by an angry mob in Ishwardi upazila on Sunday.
Witnesses said the mob made the attack on them allegedly for wooing voters on behalf of a controversial chairman candidate fielded by the party in the upcoming election in the upazila.
Officer-in-charge of Ishwardi Police Station Biman Kumar Das said the leaders and activists came under the attack at noon while they along with BNP central Chhatra Dal leader Habibur Rahman Habib, Ishwardi municipality mayor Mokhlesur Rahman Bablu and upazila chairman candidate Zarjis Hossain went to Aotapara Haat to seek votes for the next phase upazila election.
The incident ensued as the leaders had an altercation with local BNP activists after they got excited to see the two leaders -- Habib and Bablu.
At one stage, the angry people gave the BNP leaders a good beating, leaving 14 of them injured.
Later, the injured leaders and activists took shelter at the business establishment of another BNP leader Hamidur Rahman Hamdu, where local people confined them for one hour.
On information, police rescued the leaders from the mob.
Injured Chhalimpur union Parishad chairman Atiar Rahman blamed supporters of another chairman candidate Jakaria Pintu for the attack.
Contacted, Ishwardi municipality unit BNP general secretary and upazila chairman candidate Jakaria Pintu refuted the allegation and said the leaders and activists might have been attacked by local people as they came to seek votes for the candidate who is inactive in the politics for long.
14 BNP men manhandled in Pabna