5 killed, over 50 injured as anti-Modi protests turn violent in Bangladesh

At least five people have been killed and over 50 wounded as anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh turned violent in at least three districts, including in the capital Dhaka, reported Dhaka Tribune

Mar 27, 2021
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At least five people have been killed and over 50 wounded as anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh turned violent in at least three districts, including in the capital Dhaka, reported Dhaka Tribune. 

According to the report, police fired tear gas shells, and rubber bullets to control the protests in Chittagong, Bhrahmanbaria, and Dhaka. Many journalists, covering the protests, were also injured on Friday. 

In Chittagong, activists of Hefazat-e-Islam, a fundamentalist Islamic group, and students of an Islamic seminary started protesting soon after Friday prayer. Reports claimed the protesters also attacked an area police station and burned documents following which police opened fire on them. 

Around four people, who were admitted to a hospital following bullet injuries, later died.  

“Hathazari police station suddenly came under attack and we tried to bring the situation under control,” Shahadat Hossain, a senior police officer, was quoted as saying by Dhaka Tribune.

In Brahmanbaria district, a man was killed when students of a local madrassa went on a rampage, registering their anger against Modi and the Bangladesh government. Over 20 people were injured in the protest.

Capital Dhaka also witnessed violent clashes hundreds of people, associated with several Islamic organizations, tried to take out a procession from the city’s famous Baitul Mukkaram National Mosque.

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