BNP activists were locked in a clash with police in front of Jatiya Press Club (JPC) in the capital on Saturday during a rally organised by the party protesting the government’s decision to revoke its founder Ziaur Rahman’s gallantry title ‘Bir Uttam’.
During the clash, the BNP men also ransacked the main gate and iron boundary fence of the Press Club.Witnesses said the rally started in front of the Press Club at about 10:30am and was being held peacefully for nearly one hour, blocking the road in front of Press Club.
The party had permission to conduct the programme till 11:00am, according to a police official.
The clash occurred when law enforcers requested them to vacate the road after 12:00pm to facilitate traffic movement. At one stage, BNP activists started hurling brick chips and stones at the police while law enforcers charged baton on them, leaving several people and policemen injured.
BNP leaders Mosharraf Hossain, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Amanullah Aman and Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel took shelter inside the Press Club during the clash.
Mamunur Rashid, officer-in-charge of Shahbagh Police Station, said so far, they have detained 18 people from the Press Club and nearby areas after the clash.
At least 10 to 12 policemen were also injured during the incident, he added. The main gate and iron boundary fence of JPC were damaged during the clash.Later, the law enforcement agencies brought the situation under control around 12:30pm.
On Thursday, BNP announced a two-day programme protesting what it said was an ‘evil effort’ to repeal the party founder and late president Ziaur Rahman’s ‘Bir Uttam’ title.
As part of the programmes, the party held rallies in all the metropolitan cities, including Dhaka, on Saturday.