Six people were killed and many more injured as BNP-Jamaat activists clashed with Awami League men and law enforcers in Chandpur, Cox’s Bazar and Nilphamari on Friday.
In Chandpur, three BNP activists were killed and over 50 people injured, seven with bullets, in a clash among BNP and Awami League men and cops in Faridganj upazila headquarters in the afternoon. The deceased were identified as Jahangir, 35, Gazipur union Jubo Dal president, Mohammad Arif, 28, a Jubo Dal activist, and Sharif, 22, Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal man.
Witnesses said BNP leaders and activists brought out a procession from T&T area of the upazila headquarters around 4pm. As the procession reached Veterinary Hospital, police and Awami League activists attacked it, triggering a clash.
At one stage, police opened fire on the BNP men, leaving Arif dead on the spot and over 50 others injured. The law enforcers fired over 200 rounds of rubber bullets and teargas shells during the clash.
Six of the injured were rushed to Chandpur Sadar Hospital while the rest to other hospitals and clinics. Of the injured, bullet-hit Jahangir died at the Sadar Hospital while Sharif succumbed to his injuries on the way to Dhaka from the hospital.
In Cox’s Bazar, two people were shot dead and many others injured in a clash between BNP activists and law enforcers in Chakaria upazila headquarters in the afternoon. The deceased were identified as Badsha Miah, 23, a tea stall owner, and Mizanur Rahman, a BNP activist.
Officer-in-charge of Chakaria Police Station Ranjit Kumar Barua said BNP men tried to gather in Chiringa Bus Stand area to hold a rally after Juma prayers defying Section 144. As police and members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) tried to prevent the BNP activists, they attacked the law enforcers, triggering a clash.
At one stage, the law enforcers opened fire on the unruly BNP men, leaving Badsha and Mizanur dead on the spot and many more injured. The local administration imposed restriction on holding rallies and processions in the area following counter programmes announced by both Awami League and BNP at the same venue.
The OC said Awami League activists also tried to gather in the area in the morning, but police dispersed them. In Nilphamari, a Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami man was killed in a clash with police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) men in Jaldhaka upazila in the afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Moslem Uddin, 32. Witnesses said the activists of Jamaat and its associate body Islami Chhatra Shibir brought out a procession in the Petrol Pump area around 3:30pm as part of its central programme.
As police tried to resist them, the Jamaat-Shibir men engaged in a clash with the law enforcers. Police and Rab fired over 100 rounds of teargas shells and seven rubber bullets during the melee that left 30 people injured. The injured were rushed to different hospitals. Of them, Moslem succumbed to his injuries at Rangpur Medical College Hospital. The condition of two others was stated to be critical at the hospital. – UNB