Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Police clash with protestors in Dhaka, several injured

Several people including five policemen were injured when police tried to stop a protest in Dhaka on Friday. After the Friday prayers at the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area in the capital city Dhaka, a  large crowd launched a protest march against the reported insult to the Holy Quran in Cumilla on Wednesday. The police tried to stop the slogan-shouting mob when it reached a busy intersection of the city. The mob started pelting brickbats at the police which led to police using water cannons and firing blank shots, said the police.
Earlier, internet services in Dhaka and several other towns in Bangladesh were restricted from early morning on Friday. In Dhaka, internet service was not available in many areas since morning. The services resumed in Dhaka and other towns late in the afternoon.
Fresh incidents were reported from Chattogram where a Puja mandap was attacked on Friday. Police fired blank bullets to disperse the mob and arrested several people in connection with the incident. Another incident was reported from Chaumuhani in Noakhali district.
The local puja committee and other organizations resorted to sit-in protests against the attack.  Secretary-General of The Hindu, Buddhist, Christian Unity Council Advocate Rana Dasgupta told the Prasar Bharti correspondent that a half-day strike will be observed on Saturday in Chattogram against the vandalism there and other places in Bangladesh on Friday. He expressed disappointment on the recurrence of violence on Friday at several places despite a strong warning issued by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Border Guards Bangladesh (BGB) was deployed in 22 districts of the country to avoid any incident during the idol immersion on Friday. More than 100 people have been arrested till now for their involvement in the incidents. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and a number of senior ministers have issued strong warnings to the miscreants against creating unrest in the wake of the Cumilla incident.
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