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Awami League summons Narayanganj’s Ivy, Shamim after fierce clashes

Sofian Khan

The Awami League yesterday summoned its two key leaders of Narayanganj, Mayor Selina Hayat Ivy and MP Shamim Osman following a fierce street battle by their supporters.On Tuesday, Narayanganj’s Chasara turned into a battlefield as supporters of the two leaders clashed over the eviction of street vendors. More than 100 people, mostly members of the ruling party’s affiliates, were injured in the clashes.Police dispersed the two sides by firing into the air and lobbying teargas shells, but tensions are still running high in the city a day after the clashes.The ruling party’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader told the media on Wednesday that the two were summoned in consultation with the prime minister.Describing it as a “very bad example”, Quader said the home minister has been asked to take steps against those responsible.“The home minister said an inquiry was opened and those responsible for tainting the party’s image publicly would not be spared. The home minister will also meet the two leaders.”Another senior cabinet member said that it was ‘beyond their imagination’ that the feud between the two Awami League leaders would result into a street battle.“We would have intervened if we had known it would turn out the way it did,” said Local Government Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain.

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