“Jamaat-e-Islami and Shibir activists took out a procession at around 7pm at the city’s Balighat More in Talaimari at the news that several Shibir activists were killed in Cox’s Bazar,” Rajshahi Metropolitan Police Commissioner SM Monir-uz-Zaman told bdnews24.com.
“They set afire some flammable objects on the street in the Shahid Minar area and started demonstration there.”
He said pitched battles were fought when the law enforcers intervened. “The Jamaat and Shibir activists hurled police with brickbats and crude bombs,” he added.
Witnesses said nearly one and a half kilometres stretch of the Rajshahi-Natore road turned into a battle ground during the clashes.
Police fired rubber bullets and teargas shells to rein in rowdy Jamaat supporters.
The law enforcers detained 10 suspected Shibir activists from the spot, the police officer said. The detainees have been kept at the Matihar and Boalia police stations, he added.
Three alleged Shibir activists were killed in Cox’s Bazar earlier in the day during clashes with the law enforcers. The Jamaat has already announced a 48-hour strike in the city protesting against the deaths. The Islamist party’s central command has also announced a daylong countrywide shutdown.
A doctor at the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital confirmed bdnews24.com that seven persons with bullet injuries have been admitted there. They have been identified as – Jalal Uddin, 25, Saddam Hossain, 25, Mamunur Rashid, 45, Jibon Sheikh, 25, Abdus Salam Robin, 22, ‘Shamim’, 25, and ‘Nazmul’, 25.
Shibir’s Rajshahi University unit Publication Secretary Mohsin Alam Mainul told journalists by telephone that six of the injured were members of their front. He, however, could not give further information.
Rajshahi Police Commissioner told bdnews24.com that eight policemen were also injured in the clashes. They are being treated at the Police Lines Hospital.
He said vehicular movements on the road came to an abrupt halt during the clashes and panic spread in the area.