BNP-Police Clash

100 BNP men sued, 16 held

Staff Correspondent

31 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

100 BNP men sued, 16 held

BNP activists hurl brickbats at police during a protest rally in front of the party office at Nasiman Bhaban in Chattogram as part of their countrywide programme on Monday. Inset, a motorcycle set on fire during the clash with police. —SUN photo

CHATTOGRAM: Two cases were filed on Tuesday accusing over 100 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) over a clash with police.

Police filed the cases accusing 57 identified and 50 to 60 unidentified ones at Kotwali Police Station.

A total of 16 leaders and activists including Chattogram city unit convener Dr Shahadat Hossain were arrested so far. 

The accused include BNP Chattogram South district unit convener Abu Sufian and city unit member secretary Abul Hashem Bakkar, among others.

Officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station Md Nezam Uddin said they took the arrestees before a court and asked permission to interrogate them in custody for seven days. They are hunting for the rest of the accused, he said.

On Monday, BNP city unit organised a protest rally in front of the party office as part of their nationwide programme.

Some BNP men allegedly hurled brickbats at police from a procession resulting in a clash. The clash left a number of people including six policemen injured.

Later, police baton-charged the crowd to disperse them and brought the situation under control.

Meanwhile, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that police and ruling Awami League men carried out attack on the opposition’s demonstration programme at different places across the country on Tuesday.

The BNP leader came up with the statement while addressing a press conference at the party central office in Nayapaltan of the capital.