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More than 500 injured in Bangladesh violence, Case filed against 500 Hefazat members

More than 500 people were injured in violence across Bangladesh amid a nationwide dawn-to-dusk shutdown called by Islamist groups Hefazat-e-Islam as well as by the banned Jamaat-e-Islami on Sunday.
According to officials of Bangladesh’s Ministry of Home Affairs, more than 500 innocent people injured by the militants’ attacks and a case filed against 500 Hefazat members accusing them of Sunday violence. But there has been no arrest yet.
The ‘Bandh’ shutdown was enforced by Hefazat-e-Islam in Dhaka, Chittagong, Sylhet, Kishoreganj, Norshingdi, Brahman Baria, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, and also in other districts.
Dhaka-Chittagong highway was blocked by Narayanganj Madaninagar Madrasha students by burning tires from Sanarpar to Shimrail crossing in the morning and also disrupting road communications to Chittagong and Sylhet.
Jamaat members in Sylhet were moving under the Hefazat banner carried out processions in different parts of the region and numerous crude bombs were also exploded there. 4 people were arrested, but police declined to comment on this.
Due to this nation-wide strike, no buses left the Sylhet bus stand since Sunday morning. Hefazat activists carrying sporting sharp weapons, Iron rods, and bamboo staffs obstructed traffic at all the entrance points.
According to 4 injured journalists of Noakhali, the Hefazat brought out a procession in support of the nation-wide shutdown at Chaumuhani Chowrasta and all of a sudden attacked the office of Noakhali TV Journalists Forum.
At least 50 people, including 10 policemen and about 2 dozen members of the ruling Awami League, were injured in Kishoreganj, during the demonstration.
Hefazat also attacked the Awami League’s party office on Station Road, and vandalized the office, they vandalized the party’s signboard and the photos of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Sheikh Hasina.
The police used teargas shells as well as fired blank shots to disperse the protestors. Additional police personals the BGB and RAB are deployed in the district.
There were also reports of vehicles set on fire.
According to the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, “When we pull the strings, we see that the leaders of these militant groups have been leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami before. Banned outfit Harkat-ul-Jihad, Ansar-Ullah Bangla Team, whatever… the main leadership of all of these outfits has come from Jamaat-Shibir – who was the auxiliary force of the Pakistan army in 1971. And the militants of Jamaat-e-Islami behind the screen planned all the tactics, and the involvement of Basherkella makes it clear that the militant outfits that always create terror and anarchy have been newly incorporated. We are looking into all the issues. No matter where they are, no one will be spared.
“The situation is being instigated by spreading false rumors and video through social media through Basherkella and some other pages run by the Jamaat. We are treating these as sabotage and a stance against the state.”
This protest started after Hefazat-e-Islam started protesting against the visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday to celebrate Bangladesh’s 50th year of liberation from Pakistan as well as the 100th birth anniversary of the country’s founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
The protesting group accuses Narendra Modi of encouraging communal violence against Muslims in India.


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