Ajker Ograbani Desk | 13 October 2017 | 8:00 pm
The car carrying the deputy leader of the parliament was vandalised, but she was unharmed, police say
A large mob, led by a local Awami League leader, attacked the motorcade of Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury MP, the deputy leader of parliament, in Faridpur on Friday afternoon.
Hundreds of people attacked the motorcade with bricks and local weapons at the Talma intersection in the district’s Nagarkanda upazila around 2:30pm, Nagarkanda Police Station Officer-in-Charge ASM Nasim told the Dhaka Tribune.
The MP’s car as well as two cars carrying Nagarkanda Circle ASP FM Mohiuddin and other senior police officers were vandalised but all the passengers were unharmed, he said.
The attackers were supporters of expelled Awami League leader Sheikh Jamal Hossain Mia, who had been vying for the party’s ticket from the Faridpur 2 seat, the OC said.
“I was in the motorcade. The attackers were followers of Jamal Hossain,” he said.
Police fired 10 rounds of rubber bullets to disperse the mob, and eventually the motorcade was able to move. Sajeda had safely reached her home in Rasulpur village, OC Nasim said.
Sajeda Chowdhury could not be reached for comments.
Faridpur Deputy Commissioner Umme Salma Tanjia and Superintendent of Police Subhash Chandra Saha went to her home immediately after the incident.
Jamal Hossain told the Dhaka Tribune over phone that he had nothing to do with the incident.
“I am in Dhaka now. I have heard that the deputy leader’s car fell in the middle of a clash that was taking place between two rival groups at Talma,” he said.