NARAYANGANJ: Not less than a dozen individuals had been reported injured in clashes between police and Islamist demonstrators in Bangladesh on Sunday, the third day of protests towards the go to of India’s PM Narendra Modi.
5 individuals died on Friday, and one other six the following day, after police shot at demonstrators in a number of main districts throughout the Muslim-majority nation of 168 million individuals.
The protesters — principally from the hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam — had been indignant on the go to of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Bangladesh marked 50 years of independence, accusing him of stoking communal violence towards Muslims in his nation.
At one new protest in Narayanganj simply exterior the capital Dhaka, Hefazat supporters chanted “action, action, direct action” as they blocked the important thing freeway linking Dhaka with the port metropolis of Chittagong.
A whole lot of demonstrators burnt furnishings and tyres on the roads as they chanted anti-Modi slogans and referred to as on authorities to analyze the shootings.
Police fired tear gasoline and rubber bullets after the protesters barricaded elements of the freeway. A police spokesman advised AFP they’d since left the highway.
Prothom Alo, the nation’s greatest Bengali-language each day, mentioned not less than 15 individuals had been injured within the Narayanganj clashes.
Hefazat spokesman Jakaria Noman Foyezi advised AFP 1000’s of its supporters joined demonstrations at its headquarters at Hathazari exterior Chittagong, which is dwelling to a high Islamic seminary.
The Islamist group has a nationwide community, and it has held giant protests up to now demanding that Bangladesh introduce blasphemy legal guidelines.
Protests had been additionally held within the northeastern metropolis of Sylhet, the jap district of Brahmanbaria and in Bosila, a Dhaka suburb, however there have been no experiences of violence, native media reported.
As Bangladesh celebrated independence, human rights teams criticised the federal government for what they described as rising authoritarianism, together with pressured disappearances and extrajudicial killings.
Different teams — together with college students, leftists and different Islamist outfits — had additionally staged protests towards Modi’s go to on Friday and Saturday.