Police and BNP-Jamaat activists clash in Dhaka

Clashes have broken out between police and BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami activists in Dhaka.

Staff Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 5 Jan 2015, 08:13 AM
Updated : 5 Jan 2015, 08:13 AM

They spread from Bhatara’s Kuril Bishwa Road to Jamuna Future Park starting from around 11:15am on Monday.

The BNP and Jamaat activists were preparing to take out a procession when police intervened. That sparked the clash, said Bhatara police Inspector Md Abu Bakar Mia.

A Brac Bank ATM booth was vandalised and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists set fire to a van.

ATM booth security guard ‘Nadim’ said 10 to 12 people hurled stones at the booth from a procession.

A service receiver at the ATM booth was hurt during the violence.

Police fired in the air to disperse the trouble makers, said Nadim.

When police tried to disperse agitating BNP-Jamaat activists, they hurled several hand-made bombs.

A bdnews24.com correspondent reported from the spot that the police detained two of them.

Amid rising tension over the first anniversary of the contentious Jan 5 parliamentary election, less and less people have come out on the streets of the capital.

Police have banned all kinds of processions, meetings and gatherings in Dhaka since Sunday afternoon after the Awami League and the BNP announced plans for celebrations and protests for Monday.

Reports of clashes have come in from Sirajganj, Narayanganj Cox’s Bazar, Noakhali, Brahmanbaria, Sunamganj and other places.

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