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BNP men clash with cops in city

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 27 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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BNP men clash with cops in city
BNP activists are pelting police with brickbats from a procession at Kakrail in the capital on Tuesday after a rally held in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office in protest against communal violence. — sun photo

BNP activists clashed with police in the capital’s Kakrail area on Tuesday, leaving some of them injured.

Police also detained several BNP men from the spot.

The clash ensued around 11:30am when the BNP men, defying a police barricade, were marching towards Kakrail intersection after a harmony rally in front of their party office at Nayapaltan.

Being chased by police, the BNP activists scattered into nearby alleys and began hurling brickbats at the law enforcers.

A chase and counter-chase took place between police and the BNP activists, turning the Kakrail and its nearby areas into a mini battlefield, witnesses said.

Police subsequently dispersed them by firing teargas shells and charging baton. BNP organised the harmony rally in protest against ‘government’s failure’ to uphold the communal harmony in the country.  The party activists brought a procession from their central office and the clash ensued when the procession reached Kakrail intersection.

Abul Hasan, assistant commissioner (Motijheel zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), said BNP men attacked them from their procession.

In reply, police fired teargas shells and charged baton. Some people were detained and taken to Paltan Police Station.

DMP Deputy Commissioner (Motijheel) Abdul Ahad told reporters that the procession was not part of their programme. “But they have held it. You must have seen that the leaders and activists have thrown brickbats at police when they reached Kakrail. Police were compelled to charge baton as many of us were injured. Such an attack is never expected in a civilised country," he said. BNP, however, accused police of attacking their peaceful rally.

As leaders and activists from different parts of the country began arriving at the party office in Nayapaltan, the vehicular movement in the area came to a standstill.

A large number of policemen were deployed in and around the BNP office to maintain law and order.