At least three people were killed and 15 others injured in clashes between members of law enforcement agencies and madrasa students in Brahmanbaria on Saturday during a protest against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
The deceased were identified as Juru Alam, 35, son of Abdul Latif Mian of Hariya village in Nandanpur, Badal Mia, 24, son of Dabir Miah of Dirai upazila in Sunamganj and Sujan Mia, 22, son of Juru Ali of Maind village in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila.The injured were admitted to Brahmanbaria General Hospital. Witnesses said anti-Modi protesters clashed with police and BGB in Nandanpur Bazar area around 6:30pm. Several people were shot at that time. Some of them were taken to Brahmanbaria General Hospital where on-duty doctors declared three of them dead.
At least 25 policemen were injured as a police camp in Sarail upazila in Brahmanbaria was attacked by a procession of madrassa students and locals on the day.
Earlier, a young man named Ashiq, 25, was shot dead by police during an anti-Modi protest on Friday. He was shot dead during an attack on the Superintendent of Police’s office at around 7:00pm on the same day.
Meanwhile, activists of Hefazat-e-Islam on Saturday staged demonstrations putting up barricades on the Chattogram-Khagrachhari Highway in Hathazari upazila in Chattogram, protesting the death of four of their activists during a clash with police. Movement of traffic along the busy road remained had been suspended since morning due to the barricade.
Hefazat also held a rally in support of today’s strike in front of Jamiatul Falah National Mosque in the city’s Wasa intersection. They called upon everyone to make the strike successful. Later, they went to Chattogram Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) in procession to receive the bodies of the four people.
Several hundred activists of Hefazat, mainly students of Al Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam Hathazari Madrasa, took position in front of the madrasa on the Chattogram-Khagrachhari Highway on Saturday morning. They erected a concrete wall on the road and set up barricades on different spots.The demonstrators demanded trial of the policemen responsible for the death of the four people, medical expenditure for the injured and an investigation into the incident. Central Committee Nayebe Ameer and Chattogram City Secretary Lokman Hakim, Organising Secretary Azizul Hoque Islamabadi, among others, addressed the rally.
Members of Bangladesh Border Guard, police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) have been deployed in the Hathazari upazila and city to ward off any untoward incident.