Dhaka, Jun 12 (bdnews24.com)—Five people took bullets on Tuesday when rivals for roads and highways work tenders fired from their guns at Sarak Bhaban in Dhaka.
Shahbagh Police Station Officer-in-Charge Sirajul Islam told bdnews24.com that the shooting at the heart of communications administration broke out at around 4:30pm.
The injured – identified as Shamim Shahriar, 35, Masiur Rahman Rajesh, 35, 'Ripon', 32, Zakir Hossain, 40, and Touhidul Islam, 35 – were admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital.
Shamim is Publication Secretary at the Central Committee of Swechhasebok League, the ruling Awami League's volunteer wing.
He told journalists at the hospital that Rajesh, Ripon and Touhidul are listed contractors of Sarak Bhaban while Zakir is a driver of the office.
According to Shamim, a group of 15/20 youths stormed into the Sharak Bhaban and opened random firing on them. The youths came riding a microbus and several motorcycles, he added.
OC Islam said, "Primarily we assume the incident has taken place over establishing supremacy at the building. I heard no tender bidding was scheduled for today."
One of Shamim's associate, Gholam Azmal Touhid, told journalists that rivalry was running between the activists of Sramik League, the labour front of Awami League, and Swechhasebak League over some tenders.
Touhid claimed himself to be an activist of Swechhasebak League too and said that a case was filed ten days ago with Shahbagh Police over the feud.
He alleged that the attackers were Shramik League activists.