Bangabandhu’s picture was set on fire at an pourashava election arch in Mongla
Bangabandhu’s picture was set on fire at an pourashava election arch in MonglaCollected

A picture Bangabandhu was set on fire in the Mongla Port area of Bagerhat.

Local people said, due to the upcoming pourashava election of Mongla Port, the Awami League-backed mayoral candidate Sheikh Abdur Rahman had set up an archway at ward 5 of the area.

The archway was decorated with several banners including a picture of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on one side and a picture of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Khulna city mayor Talukder Abdul Khaleque on the other. All the banners were intact except for Bangabandhu’s portrait.

On Friday night, certain persons set fire to Bangbandhu’s picture. Upon hearing the news, local Awami League leaders and law enforcers visited the place on Saturday morning.

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The Mongla port municipal election is to be held on 16 January.

Mayoral candidate Sheikh Abdur Rahman has demanded exemplary punishment of those responsible for this incident.

Officer-in-charge of Mongla police station Md Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury told Prothom Alo, "We are yet to bring those culprits into book. We are trying to catch those criminals after scrutinising CCTV footage."

He said local Awami League has complaint verbally but is yet to file any formal case in this regard.