Hefazat-police clash at Hathazari; 4 killed, dozens injured
Four people, including three Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh activists, were killed and dozens injured in a clash between police and the demonstrators at Hathazari in Chattogram on Friday protesting the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bangladesh, said police.
Three of the deceased were Hefazat men and while another was pedestrian. The full details of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Chattogram Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Police Outpost in-charge Zahirul Huque Bhuiyan, assistant sub-inspectors Alauddin, and Shilbrata Barua confirmed the matter citing that they succumbed to their injuries at the CMCH.
It was learnt that the Hefazat-e-Islam activists, mostly students of Hathazari Madrasa brought out a protest procession after Jumma prayers protesting the attack on people at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka and the visit of Modi.
During the time, clash occurred between the protesters and police, leaving dozens of people injured.
The injured were taken to the CMCH where the four died, said police.
However, police claimed that the protesters threw pickets to the Hathazari Police Station. Police fired blank shots to dispatch them, leaving several injured.
Meanwhile, the madrasa students blocked the road in front of the madrasa protesting the attack. Consequently, vehicular movement on the Hathazari-Najirhat road come to a halt.
Chattogram’s Hathazari Circle’s additional police super Shahadat Hossain said the Hathazari madrasha students launched attack on police and hurled brickbats on the Hathazari police station. “We’re trying to bring the situation under control,” he said.
Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh organising secretary Azizul Huque Islamabadi said the Hathazari Madrasa students brought out a procession hearing the news of an attack on demonstrators at Baitul Mukarram Mosque in Dhaka. Police tried to obstruct their procession and at one stage, they fired gunshot targetting the students, which resulted in a clash. At least, 20 people including four newsmen were injured in the clash.