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3 killed 60 injured in clash in southeastern Bangladesh

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Dhaka, Dec 4 (UNI) At least three people were killed and more than 50, including policemen, wounded in a fierce gun battle between rival parties of former ruling BNP and opposition Awami League in Cox's Bazar of southeastern Bangladesh today.

Police said a clash erupted between the supporters of the two parties at Maheshkhali sub-district over establishing political supremacy in the area as Bangladesh is heading for general elections in January next year.

Among the casualties, two belong to BNP and another is a worker of pro-Awami League youth front.

With the fresh death, the casualty figure in two days' political violence rose to four as Awami League-led 14-party combine enforced non-stop transportation blockade for the second day to press for recasting the ''controversial'' election commission, correcting voters' list and removing biased officials from the administration before the elections.

To resolve the problems, the interim caretaker government headed by President Iajuddin Ahmed is holding a meeting with his 10 advisors to work out a solution acceptable to all political parties.

Awami League-led alliance has been alleging that since the election commission was set up with politically-biased people by the past 4-party alliance government of former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, elections would not fair under the incumbent commission.

A delegation of three Advisors last night met both Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina and proposed a package proposals from the caretaker government in a bid to hammer out a consensus on the election issues.

The Council of Advisors is expected to come out with a decision in the light of the Advisors' discussions with the two top leaders.

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