Bangladesh: Polling booths torched

Dhaka, Jan 4 : As Bangladesh gears up for the parliamentary polls on Sunday, around 38 polling centres have been burnt across the country till Saturday morning, media reports said.

Violence was reported from different places in the country including Rajshahi city and Kishoreganj district.

"Unidentified miscreants torched 38 polling centres in at least 28 districts including the capital, Dhaka, during a span of nearly 12 hours till this morning.The violence was reported from Rajshahi, Nilphamari, Narsingdi, Kishoreganj, Feni, Kurigram and Natore," The Daily Star reported.

The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance has said that as the government did not cancel Sunday's polls so it will be responsible for any untoward incident in the country.

"We urge people from all walks of life not to go to polling centres and boycott it," Osman Faruq, an adviser to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, was quoted as saying by The Daily Star.

"If the government does not cancel the January 5 elections and fails to 'free' Khaleda then the government will be held responsible for any unwarranted situation," he said.

Polling will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

--IBNS (Posted on 04-01-2014)

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