The National Press Club area in the capital reportedly turned into a battlefield on Sunday as JCD activists and policemen were locked in sporadic clashes, leaving over 50 people injured.
Witnesses said activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of BNP, gathered the press club premises in a large number in the morning without permission from the authorities concerned.Later, they formed a human chain to protest the revocation of BNP Founder Ziaur Rahman's gallantry award and the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in jail.
Police reportedly intercepted the protesters who attacked them, which triggered a clash.
Police lobbed teargas shells and charged batons on the agitating JCD activists. The protesters hurled brickbats and stones at the law enforcers.
The JCD men also chased and attacked the policemen with sticks, leaving several cops injured.
The press club area looked like a battlefield during chases and counter-chases between policemen and JCD activists, witnesses said.
Abul Bashar, an officer of Shahbagh police station, said several policemen and protesters have been injured in the clash.Additional law enforcers have been deployed there to avert any untoward situation.
JCD president Fazlur Rahman Khokon said over 50 people, including JCD activists, ATN Bangla senior cameraperson Mamun and six staff of the press club, were injured in the clash.
“Police picked up some JCD activists from the spot,” he added.
Ramna Zone DC Sazzadur Rahman told reporters that permission from the DMP commissioner is needed to hold such a programme at any place of Dhaka city.
The JCD did not take any permission from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold a programme. Legal action will be taken against them, he said.