100 injured in Bangladesh clashes

Jamaat-e-Islam supporters clashed with police in Gaibandha, a northern district, early on Sunday.

100 injured in Bangladesh clashes

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 100 people including 20 police officers were injured in a violent clash between Jamaat’s men and law enforcers in Gaibandha, a northern district, early on Sunday to carry out ongoing mass arrest in Bangladesh. Injured persons were admitted to the different government hospitals and private clinics.

The fierce ensured law enforcers raided the Khanabari village of Sundarganj upzila in Gaibandha district, to nab opposition activists mainly Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, leading Islamic party, and its student front Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir’s men around 1.00 am.

Eyewitnesses said the joint forces, comprised of police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), elite forces, and Border Guard of Bangladesh (BGB), a Para military forces, had raided the area at 1.00 am to arrest Jamaat-Shibir activists. At that Jamaat-Shibir activists had organized and started pelting brickbats at the law enforcers who also fired bullets and teargas shells.

This clash broke out at 1.30 am and lasted until the morning. Police claimed Jamaat Shibir men torched a police van during the clash. Police arrested seven people from the spot.

Sundarganj police station’s in-charge officer Kaiser Ali Khan said police raided the area to arrest the accused Jamaat and Shibir men over the previous incident.

At one stage, Jamaat Shibir men confined the police ensuing the clash. Police brought the situation under control by firing bullets. Additional police, RAB and BGB were deployed in the area on Sunday morning.

Police recovered the bullet hit body of local Shibir leader of Sitakunda upzilla of Chitagong, an eastern district. The deceased was identified as Mosarraf Hossain (24), s/o Mahmudul Haque.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Ocak 2014, 10:25