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Over 100 injured as BNP activists clash with police, AL men

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  • 25 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Over 100 injured as BNP activists clash with police, AL men

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Over 100 people, including several policemen, were injured as leaders and activists of BNP were locked in sporadic clashes with law enforcers and Awami League activists during their mass procession programme in different parts of the country, including Panchagarh and Pirojpur, on Saturday.

In Panchagarh, BNP activists clashed with police at noon, leaving around 50 people, including at least 20 members of the police, injured.

Meanwhile, district BNP member Advocate Nazmul Islam Kajal claimed that a leader named Abdul Rashid Arifin was killed in the clash. However, police denied the claim.

Panchagarh Additional Superintendent of Police Rakibul Hasan said 20 of their members were injured in the attack by BNP activists. No shots were fired at the scene. As a result, there is no question of death.

In Pirojpur, at least 30 BNP leaders and activists were injured in a clash with Chhatra League men in the district town on Saturday. Police said 11 men were detained after the clash. In line with the party's central programmes, leaders and activists of the BNP gathered at their party office in Pirojpur on Saturday morning to realise their 10-point demand.

Around 11:00am, a group of men led by Aniruzzaman Anik, president of the district unit BCL, attacked the procession and vandalised BNP's office, said Alamgir Hossain, convener of Pirojpur district unit BNP.

He said at least 30 BNP men were injured in the clash. Anik said they took position on the streets to prevent BNP-Jamaat's anarchy."At least four BCL men were injured by the BNP men," he said.

Meanwhile, Moham-mad Saidur Rahman, superintendent of

Pirojpur police, said the clash broke out as the BNP men attacked the BCL activists first.

"Police recovered four crude bombs and detained 11 men from the spot," he added.

In Faridpur, police prevented the BNP activists from holding a mass procession on Saturday.

The procession started with the permission of police but the police did not allow it to proceed.

As a result, BNP's pre-scheduled public rally was cancelled. It was seen on the ground that when the central and district leaders wanted to go ahead with the mass procession, a team of police from Faridpur Kotwali Police Station stopped them.

At that time, there was an argument between the police and the BNP leaders. Later, BNP leaders and activists held a rally on the road in front of the office.             Then, BNP ended their programme around 12:00 noon. Speaking at the rally, BNP Central Committee Vice-Chairman Nitay Roy Chowdhury said, “People's rights cannot be suppressed by obstruction. No one could stay in power by force.”

Organising Secretary of BNP Central Committee Shama Obaid said, "Last night 10 leaders and workers of BNP were arrested in Faridpur for organising this mass rally. Police searched their houses.”

According to district BNP sources, the BNP mass rally was supposed to start from Kathpatti area in front of its district office around 11:00am.

The procession was supposed to start from Kathpatti area and end at Faridpur Press Club via Thana Road, Janata Bank intersection.

Additional police were deployed in Kathpatti area in front of the BNP office at the intersection of 2 sides of the road, Janata Bank intersection, Press Club and Brahmo Samaj road area.

MA Jalil, officer-in-charge of Faridpur Kotwali Police Station, said, “BNP arranged their programme. We didn't stop like that. They wanted to go to the city. As there was heavy traffic in the city, they were not allowed.”