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Biharis, cops clash in N’ganj; 30 hurt

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Biharis, cops clash in N’ganj; 30 hurt

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At least 30 people, including policemen, received injures in a clash between members of the Bihari community and law enforcement agencies at Siddhirganj in Narayanganj on Monday.

The Biharis hurled brick and stone chips at the law enforcers prompting the latter to fire shotgun bullets and teargas canisters to disperse the crowd.

During Jummah prayers at a mosque in Adamji Geneva Camp on Friday, Sub-Inspector of Siddhirganj Police Station Azizul Haque requested the devotees not to create anarchy over the two Indian ruling party leaders’ comments defaming Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM).

But some of the devotees carried out an attack on the policeman, leaving him injured.

Later, police filed a case against 50 people and 120 to 125 unknown others and arrested at least 32 Biharis in the camp between Sunday night and Monday morning. Angered by this, several hundred Biharis staged a demonstration in front of the police station around 7:30 am and demanded release of the arrestees.

At one stage, they blocked a road along the police station, halting traffic movement.

Police requested them to disperse, but they turned it down, forcing the lawmen and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) to baton-charge the crowd.

But the agitating Biharis responded to the baton charges by hurling brick and stone chips.

Some Biharis alleged that police caught innocent people instead of nabbing the attackers of the SI.

Chairman of Adamji Bihari Camp Liakat Hossain said police arrested many people who even did not go to the mosque on Friday. They also tortured many men and women in the camp, he said.