An Awami League activist was killed and at least 35 people including four cops were injured in a three-way clash between the activists of Hefajat-e Islam, AL and police in the capital’s outskirts Kamrangirchar yesterday.
The dead, Shaheed Hossain, 45, received a bullet in his waist, said Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) sources.
Abul Hossain, president of Kamrangirchar thana unit AL, said its leaders and activists were gathering at Ashrafabad around 4:00pm for a prescheduled meeting there in support of today’s hartal.
At that time, students of Jamia Nuriya Islamia Madrasa along with outsiders brought out a procession in support of Dhaka long march of Hefajat-e Islam. At one stage, they attacked the AL men.
Reaching the spot, police charged baton on the mob and opened fire.
At least 10 AL men sustained injuries from police firing and stones hurled by the Hefajat supporters. The injured are now undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the capital.
Abul claimed Shaheed to be an activist of AL.
Founder of the Madrasa and Ameer of Khelafat Andolon Maulana Ahmadullah Ashraf said devotees and madrasa students were coming out of a mosque after offering Asr prayers when they came under attack from local AL activists.
He claimed that at least 20 madrasa students were injured in the attack.
Witnesses said the half-an-hour long clash also left a pedestrian wounded.
Contacted, Harun-Ur-Rashid, deputy commissioner (Lalbagh) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, said police fired blank shots to disperse the activists of Awami League and Hefajat-e Islam.
A committee has been formed to probe the incident, he added.