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4 killed, 150 hurt as Islamists opposing war crimes trial run amok across Bangladesh

Jamaat-Shibir men physically assault journalists after Juma prayers at the premises of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital. (R) They also pound a policeman by his helmet near the mosque. Photo: Anisur Rahman

Jamaat-Shibir men physically assault journalists after Juma prayers at the premises of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in the capital. (R) They also pound a policeman by his helmet near the mosque. Photo: Anisur Rahman

AT least four people were killed and over 150 inured, many of them with bullets, when Jamaat and Shibir activists clashed with police and ruling party men in the capital and elsewhere in the country after Juma prayers on Friday.

Of them, two were killed in Gaibandha, one in Jhenidah and the other in Sylhet.

At least 10 journalists and 10 policemen were among the inured in the capital.

The demonstrations also torched two motorcycles on the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque premises.

Apart from charging batons, police fired around 300 rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse the demonstrators.

The demonstrators, in retaliation, pelted brick chips and carried out vandalism.

Twelve Islamist organisations were supposed to stage demonstrations demanding punishment to Shahbagh protest organisations after the Juma prayers.

Talking to journalists near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Md Nazmul, deputy commissioner (Motijheel division), said Jamaat and Shibir men blended with the Islamist organisations and carried out the vandalism.

He also said there was an understanding between the police and the 12 Islamist parties that they would bring out a procession from Paltan and end at Shapla Chattar.

The official said instead of going towards Shapla Chattar, a group of the processionists marched towards Shahbagh by defying police barricade at Paltan.

He said police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse the processionists.

Clashes took place at the premises of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Jatiya Press Club, and Paltan, Katabon Mosque, Dainik Bangla intersection and Shilpakala Academy areas.

Police later detained more than 100 people taking them for Jamaat and Shibir men from the spot.

The injured journalists include Masudur Rahman, reporter Gtv; Nurul Islam, cameraman of Independent Television; Abdullah Tuhin, senior reporter Maasranga Television; Mir Ahmed Miru, photographer of Amar Desh; Arifuzzaman of Ekattar TV, Sayeed Bablu of the daily Sangbad, Aminul Islam Bhuiyan.

Meanwhile, around 500 bigots brought out a procession from Lalbagh Shahi Mosque, demanding punishment to ‘atheist bloggers’.

Clashes across the country

JHENIDAH

Jamaat activist Abdus Salam was killed in a clash with the ruling Awami League men after Juma prayers in Paira Chattar area in the town.

The clash erupted when two processions — one brought out by Imam Parishad while the other by Awami League — came face to face at the area.

SYLHET

A processionist was killed and 20 sustained bullet wounds when police opened fire on marauding Jamaat-Shibir activists at Jindabazar in Sylhet city after Juma prayers.

The demonstrators vandalised a Gonojagoron Mancha at Sylhet Shaheed Minar, prompting the police to open fire.

Later, the protesters fought a running battle with the police.

RAJSHAHI

At least 50 people including 10 policemen were injured as Jamaat-Shibir activists clashed with the law enforcers at different points of the city.

Police fired several hundred rubber bullets, teargas shells and sound grenades during the clashes while the Jamaat-Shibir men pelted brick chips, and blasted hand bombs, said police.

The half-an-hour clash erupted around 2:00pm when the Jamaat-Shibir men attacked the Gonojagoron Moncho at Alupotti.

After the Friday prayers, the Jamaat-Shibir men under the banner of Hefazat-e-Islam brought out a procession and held a rally at the Zero point, said Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner SM Moniruzzaman.

The Jamaat-Shibir men getting separated from the rally marched towards the Gonojagoron Mancha and damaged a table, banners and posters.

The attackers threw brick chips at the vehicle of Rajshahi Mayor AHM Khairuzzaman Liton who was passing by the road then. Mayor narrowly escaped the attack, but his vehicle was partially damaged.

CHITTAGONG

Activists of Hefazat-e-Islam took to the streets and vandalised several houses at Jamal Khan road in the port city Friday afternoon.

They brought out a procession around 2:45pm from Anderkilla intersection and marched towards Jamiatul Falah Mosque.

As the procession reached the Jamal Khan intersection, a group of the processionists ransacked and set fire to banners and placards in front of the press club where protesters were staging demonstration demanding death penalty to the war criminals.

They also hurled brick chips at the press club and other near by houses that left several windowpanes broken.

The processionists however reached Jamiatul Falah Mosque and were holding a meeting around 3:40pm when the report was filed.

Earlier, the Hefazat-e-Islam activists assaulted four newsmen at Anderkilla intersection.

BOGRA

Alleged Jamaat-Shibir men under the banner of Towhidi Janata reduced the Gonojagoron Mancha to rubbles in Bogra town on Friday afternoon.

Police fired teargas shells to disperse the rioters while they retaliated by blasting cocktails.

Protesting the incident, organisers of the Gonojagoron Mancha issued a one-day ultimatum for withdrawal of the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of Bogra.

They announced to enforce a hartal on Sunday if their demand is not met in the meantime.

MOULVIBAZAR

At least 10 people including a policeman were injured as Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers in the town.

Police also rounded up 15 activists of Khelafat Majlish during the clash, said Md Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Moulvibazar Police Station.

The clash erupted when Jamaat-Shibir along with other Islamist organisations attacked law enforcers at Choumohona Chattar in the town after Juma prayer leaving at least 10 people including a police constable injured, the OC said.

The demonstrators also vandalised and torched banners and festoons of Gonojagoron Mancha in Municipality Shishu Park area, he added.

PABNA

Jamaat-Shibir activists attacked the Awami League office and reduced the Gonojagoron Mancha to rubbles in the district town.

Police later picked up eight Jamaat-Shibir men.

In retaliation, ruling AL men vandalised a local Jamaat office.

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