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Injured ex-UZ chairman dies

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Bagerhat: A former upazila chairman, who suffered injuries during a clash between his supporters and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) in Satshika in Fakirhat upazila on February 27, died at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on Tuesday morning.
The deceased was identified as Sarder Niamat Hossain, 60, former chairman of Fakirhat Upazila Parishad, and son of late Sarder Akkas Ali of Satshika village.
Niamat, who was undergoing treatment at the BSMMU Hospital, succumbed to his injuries at 8:30am, said Niamat’s daughter Rumana Akhter Rupa.
Police and locals said the clash broke when Niamat, who was an AL-backed chairman candidate of the upazila, had an altercation with an executive magistrate at Satshika Government Primary School polling centre during the second phase upazila elections on February 27 over the arrest of his (Nimat’s) two supporters.
At one stage, Niamat, also an Awami League leader of the upazila, and his supporters had heated talks with the magistrate over the issue.
The BGB members then beat up Niamat and some of his followers that left three people, including him, injured.
Following the incident, the local administration declared voting postponed at the centre.
Injured Naimat was admitted to Fakirhat Upazila Health Complex.
Sources at BGB-34 (Satkhira) said local agitating people confined Niamat to the polling centre on the election day and assaulted him. Informed, BGB members rescued Niamat from the mob and took him to the Upazila Health Complex.
The voting, which was postponed for the clash, was held at the centre on March 10, in which the BNP-backed chairman candidate came out successful.
Niamat boycotted the March 10 voting from the hospital and later suffered a cardiac arrest on March 12.
Later, he was sent to Khulna Medical College Hospital from where he was shifted to the BSMMU Hospital as his condition kept on deteriorating.

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