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Security up for Thakurgaon UZ poll

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Thakurgaon: Security has been beefed up in Thakurgaon Sadar upazila so people can vote peacefully in Wednesday’s poll.

The vote in the upazila was postponed on March 30 following a stay order by the High Court. It was scheduled to be held on March 31 along with 73 other upazilas in the fifth phase.

RAB and police have increased their patrols, and the army has set up camps near several polling centres.

BNP-backed chairman candidate Taimur Rahman has alleged that his rival rival Awami League-backed candidate Arunangshu Dutta Titu were holding 20,000 fake ballot papers, an allegation denied by Titu.

Taimur Rahman’s polling agent Mirza Faisal Amin also presented a list of 72 polling centres vulnerable to criminal attacks and vote rigging.

The complaints have been submitted to the returning officer, he added.

Talking to UNB, AL-backed chairman candidate denied all the allegations brought against him by the rival candidate.

The vote was postponed for three month in response to a writ petition filed on March 12 by a vice chairman candidate Alamgir Hossain.

Alamgir in his petition complained that the authorities had changed the location of 21 polling centres and set up seven new polling centres which could cause problems for the voters.

The district’s deputy commissioner Mukesh Chandra Biswas said the location of 21 polling centres were changed and seven new polling centres were set up to ease the voting.

Later on, the Election Commission (EC) filed a petition with the Supreme Court against the HC order.

AS the Supreme Court repealed the HC order, the EC reset the polling schedule on April 16.

Thakurgaon Sadar upazila parishad has 3,68,725 voters in 20 union parishads and one municipality under it.

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