Violence shot up to an unprecedented height on Thursday when at least 32 persons, including four policemen, were killed and scores injured as alleged Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with law enforcers across the country, including the capital, to protest trial of Delawar Hossain Sayedee.
The deceased include 16 claimed by Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir as their members, and a college teacher and two activists of Jubo League.
After pronouncement of the verdict—death sentence to Sayedee, the angry protesters attacked a police outpost in Gaibandha and killed three cops there, knifed to death a police constable in Chittagong and set fire to a temple and houses of Hindu community in Noakhali.
Even before the verdict was delivered, Jamaat-Shibir men took to the streets to enforce a daylong shutdown to strike fear into the hearts of people most of whom expressed solidarity with the ongoing Shahbagh demonstration demanding capital punishment for war criminals.
As news of deaths continued pouring in from different parts of the country, panic gripped Dhaka dwellers yesterday evening as unknown miscreants unleashed terror by exploding bombs in the city’s Mirpur-1.
Some people threw a bomb at an unknown rickshawvan driver, 35, at 8:00pm, injuring him badly .
When he was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, doctors declared him dead.
Soon after the announcement of the verdict, hundreds of Jamaat-Shibir men put barricades on the roads and attacked a police outpost at Banondanga railway station in Sunderganj Upazila.
They beat up policemen with lethal weapons, killing three police constables—Hazarat Ali, Najimuddin, Bablu Mia—on the spot.
Three others were rushed to Rangpur Medical College Hospital in critical condition.
As the attackers tried to set fire to the outpost by pouring petrol, police opened fire to disperse them.
Three persons were shot dead at this stage. While one was identified as Anej, 35, a vegetable vendor, identities of the rest two could not be learnt immediately.
Three other bullet-hit persons were rushed to Sundeganj Health Complex.
The mob people later set fire to Banondanga rail station, uprooted rail tracks and put barricades on roads besides vandalising several shops.
About 1,500 Jamaat-Shibir men took out a procession from Goreya Bazaar in Sadar upazila after the verdict and attacked 10/15 shops and 10/12 houses of Awami League men and the Hindu community.
Members of police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) teams rushed there and fired blank shots and tear shells to disperse the attackers.
Encircling the law enforcers, the marauding Jammat-Shibir men started to throw brick-bats and, at one stage, closed in to fight them.
Police opened fire to escape, leaving one Firoz, 24, dead on the spot and about eight to 10 injured.
Rubel, a 13-year-old Shibir supporter, was found lying dead, bullet-hit, inside a shop later.
When locals rushed one Munir Uddin, 20, and Nironjon, 25, of Goreya village to Thakurgaon Sadar Hospital, doctors declared them dead, said Rezaul Karim, officer-in-charge of Thakrugaon Police Station.
Five people were killed and 100 including 22 cops were hurt in clashes between the Jamaat-Shibir men and police in Mithapukur and Pirrgachha upazilas.
Jamaat-Shibir pickets hurled brick chips at police when the latter appeared at Mithapukur Bazaar around 2:45pm and asked them to free the road.
Besides charging baton, police opened fire to disperse them, leaving three people killed and 65 hurt.
Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, OC of Mithapukur Police Station, identified them as Mahmudul Hasan, 20, Moshiur Rahman, 22 and Sadequr Rahman, 19, all Shibir activists.
In Peergachha, 41 people, including 21 policemen, were injured in a similar clash at Pirgachha Railway Station area. Of them, a sub-inspector of police and five Jamaat-Shibir men were bullet-hit.
Jamaat activists tried to enter Satkhira town with a procession when police and BGB men intercepted them and asked them to go away. As they tried to defy police, the law enforcers fired rubber bullets and charged baton on them.
At one stage of the clash, Jamaat activists Tuhin and Saiful and Jubo League worker Shahin died receiving bullets and 100, including two BGB personnel, were injured.
The Jamaat men also attacked Mamun, a newly appointed teacher of Satkhira City College, and set fire to his house. He died at Satkhira Sadar Hospital while undergoing treatment there.
When Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession to protest Sayedee verdict in Lohagora upazila in the afternoon, police tried to intercept it.
Police opened fire, killing Mesbah Uddin, 26, a Shibir man, on the spot.
The Jamaat-Shibir men later attacked police with lethal weapons, knifing dead M Tarque Hossain, a constable of Lohagora Police Station.
After announcement of the verdict, around 200 Jamat-Shibir men swooped on the house of a Jubo League leader in Kadamchilan area under Lalpur upazila and chopped him mercilessly, leaving him dead on the spot.
Matiyar Rahman, OC of Lalpur Police Station, identified the slain as Khairul Bashar, 27, joint-secretary of Kadamchilan Union Parishad unit of Jubo League.
They Jamat-Shibir men also torched a police-van, injuring five policemen.
Nearly 5,000 Jamaat-Shibir activists set fire to four roadside shops at Ranirbandar area under Chirirbandar upazila to protest the verdict against Sayedee.
When police and BGB men tried to disperse the attackers, the latter attacked the law enforcers.
The BGB men fired bullets at them, leaving one fruit trader, Foiz Uddin 25, of Nasratpur village, dead and injuring two.
Motinur Rahman, president of Dinajpur town unit of Shibir, claimed the deceased to be their activist.
In another clash at Doshmail area in Sadar upazila, 30 were injured when Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with lkaw enforcers.
Jamaat-Shibir men damaged vehicles at Shibtala area in the afternoon Chapainawabganj town to protest the verdict against Sayedee.
As police, joined by anti-hartal activists, tried to resist them, the Jamaat-Shibir men attacked them with sticks, brick chips and blasted bombs.
Police opened fire on them, injuring three including Nasir Uddion, 23, a student of Nawabganj Alia Madrasa in the town.
Local Jamaat leaders claimed Nasir to be a Shibir activist.
When angry Jamaat-Shibir men were protesting the verdict against Sayedee at Borolekha Bazar around 5:30pm, police tried to disperse them, triggering a clash.
Bullet-hit, one Lokman Hossain, 22, died on the spot.
Faysal Ahmed, general secretary of upazila unit of Jamaat, claimed the deceased to be a Shibir worker.
A madrasa student was killed in a gunfight between Shibir men and police in Pekua upazila town.
The clash erupted around 3:00pm when Jamaat activists opened fire on the law enforcers to protest the verdict of Sayedee.
Jamaat-Shibir men vandalised a van of Rab patrol team at Chandidaspur in Sadar upazila at 12:30pm yesterday.
As police lobbed teargas canisters to disperse the attackers, Jamaat-Shibir men attacked them with sticks and hurled brick chips.
The clash, which continued for nearly 30-minute, left 11 including one Ruhul Amin, 18, of Chandidaspur area, injured. Ruhul succumbed to his injuries when he was rushed to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital. Another Shibir activist was also killed in the clash.
Jamaat called a half-day shutdown in the district to protest the death.
Jamaat-Shibir activists clashed with law enforcers as the latter tried to dissuade them from vandalism in different parts of the district.
Liton, 28, a fish trader, died there receiving bullets.
Md Khokon, 17, a tempo employee who received a bullet wound in the clash, was pronounced dead when rushed to Noakhali Medical College Hospital at 4:00pm.
A Shibir activist was killed in a clash with police in Rajshahi.
To protest the verdict, around 500 Jamaat-Shibir men attacked law enforcers at Binodpur Bazaar, leaving two policemen including assistant commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police injured, Abul Hasnat, injured.
At least 50 cocktails were exploded during the attack.
Law enforcers fired hundreds of gunshots and teargas canisters to bring the situation under control.
At 8:30pm, a bomb blast in front of Rajshahi city AL office injured 11 AL men.