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Jamaat activists clash with cops

54 policemen among 260 hurt across the country; more than 120 held

Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Chhatra Shibir vandalise vehicles and set motorcycles on fire in the capital's Dilkusha area as police barred their procession brought out yesterday afternoon demanding release of their top leaders currently facing charges of crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War; left, activists hurl brickbats at police and vandalise a police van in Satmatha area of Bogra town; and right, a police official pounced upon by activists with sticks in Kushtia town. Photo: Courtesy(top);Photo: Video grab(Right);Photo: Star(left)

At least 260 people, 54 of them policemen, were injured as Jamaat-Shibir men fought pitched battles with law enforcers in Dhaka and 10 other districts in the country yesterday.

The clashes began as police intercepted the processions that the Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists brought out in the capital and elsewhere, demanding the immediate release of Jamaat leaders, including the nine arrested on war crimes charges.

The other districts where the Jamaat-Shibir men clashed with the police are Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Bogra, Sirajganj, Noakhali, Moulvibazar, Chittagong, Narail, Kushtia and Khulna.

Police said these attacks on the law enforcers were pre-planned and were aimed at destabilising law and order.

On Sunday, the Jamaat, a key ally of the main opposition BNP, announced a weeklong protest programme across the country, which was supposed begin today. Interestingly, the Jamaat-Shibir supporters took to the streets yesterday.

In Dhaka, at least 100 people, including 22 policemen, were wounded as the Jamaat-Shibir supporters fought with the law enforcers, turning Motijheel, Dilkusha, Paltan, Dainik Bangla and Topkhana Road areas into a virtual battleground, police and witnesses said.

The demonstrators also vandalised some 50 vehicles, torched three motorbikes, a tempo of police and several roadside shops, halting traffic on all the adjoining roads for around two hours since around 4:00pm, police said.

Police fired more than 150 teargas canisters and charged batons to disperse the agitators, who responded by throwing brickbats.

Across the country, police arrested around 120 Jamaat-Shibir men on charges of assaulting the law enforcers. Of them, 33 were arrested in the capital.

Shibir in a written statement, however, said about 500 of their leaders and activists were injured in the clashes while 300 were picked up. The statement, signed by publicity secretary Abu Saleh Mohammad Yahya, also condemned the "police attack on and arrest of Jamaat men across the country".

Witnesses said the clash in the capital began when some 600 Jamaat and Shibir leaders and activists brought out a procession at Motijheel after Asar prayers, demanding that the government set free the detained Jamaat leaders, including its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed.

The Jamaat-Shibir men in their dozens joined the procession coming out of different lanes in the area. Many were standing at tea stalls and bus stops posing as customers or commuters, and later swooped on the police when the clash began, added the witnesses.

As the procession came near Dainik Bangla intersection police intercepted it, prompting the clash. The Jamaat-Shibir men, equipped with sticks and brick chips, attacked the law enforcers who responded by charging batons and firing teargas shells.

Anwar Hossain, deputy commissioner of police (Motijheel division), told The Daily Star that 22 police personnel were injured in the attack by the Jamaat-Shibir activists.

At least 13 platoons of additional police were deployed to bring the situation under control, said Syed Nurul Islam, deputy commissioner of police (Ramna division).

In the 10 other districts, at least 160 people, 32 of them law enforcers, were injured in the running battles between the police and Jamaat-Shibir supporters, report our district correspondents.

Police arrested at least 86 Jamaat-Shibir men from those districts.

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Cops attacked over the

Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir parading procession held across the country and the procession participator beat up the cops seriously , vandalised torched the vehicles turning the battlefield on the spot .

The cops and the protesters counterattack is nonsence !

A party's right to continue democratic procession on

the path demanding the

logistic issues .

All the sufferings of the cops ,

the protesters , public , vehicle passengers , passer by and the worried environment formation goes to the rulling party's shoulder .

: Abdul Hakim

It is shocking that Jamaat and Shibir can cause mayhem with such impunity in support of the war criminals who worked against our independence. It is even more shocking that some of your readers think they have right to do so. What's wrong with us?

: niloufar sarker


  • Abul hashem
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 11:12 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    What a one eyed report!

  • naabaj
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 03:29 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    The anti-liberation Jamaat and Sibir force is active again in the country with agenda to stop war crimes trial and other cases of terrorisms in the name of Islam. Why do not we proscribe and send them to their brothers to Pakistan? They are not legally acceptable to Bangladesh.

  • mong pru
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 04:19 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    When demonstrators grip sticks and bricks and set fire to buses or any other property, they are no demonstrators and there is no democracy in it. They are criminals, whichever party they may hail from. It is the duty of the police to use force because they are no democratic demonstrators, rather peace breakers who cause immense suffering to the people. Jamaat with various names such as JMB, Huji, etc, has proved that they are cancerous for the forward journey of Bangladesh. They must be taken rigorous action and their leaders must be nabbed and quizzed for their role in these anti-state activities.

  • Firko
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 09:29 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    Political parties in Bangladesh are not in good mental development towards democracy. Whatever BNP or AL, we have to understand one thing: we are more than 85% Muslims. Any country having more than 50% Muslims should not have any Islamic parties because any sort of Islamic political party creates divisions within our same Muslim community and divisions create hates and violence. We do need Islamic educational institutes to learn Islamic lessons but we do not need Islamic parties in Bangladesh.

  • Syed Karim
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 09:55 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    The clashes show that pro-Pakistani elements in Bangladesh are alive and kicking. Biharis (Stranded Pakistanis) who receive funding from Pakistan‚ intelligence service ISI actively support Jamaat and Shibir. A large number of Biharis using fraudulent Bangladesh passports have settled in the US and Europe where they routinely harass Bengalis, blaming them for break-up of Pakistan and putting them (Biharis) in camps.

  • nazmul
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:21 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    If it is pre-planned what is doing our Intelligence Forces.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:39 PM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    Shibir politics should be banned.

  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:42 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    Dhaka today witnessed lobbying of hundreds of tear gas shells, baton charges, spraying of colored water and arrest of hundreds of Jamaat- Shibir activists. Being enraged, protestors likewise destroyed more than half a dozen vehicles and injured some policemen on duty with brick chips. Protests and demonstrations likewise also took place elsewhere in the country. The police went into action for supposedly for not having permission to hold demonstrations and processions (as if they could procure the same on application). The other day, police intruded into the press club and dispersed and arrested many. My own understanding is that this is just the beginning of dissent movements by Jamaal-soon to be followed by BNP. Why should the public face so much inconvenience? Is it not democratic and also much more convenient to arrange discussions among these political forces so that we get respite from cockfights in the middle of the main thoroughfares?

  • M H Uddin
    Tuesday, November 6, 2012 12:44 AM GMT+06:00 (171 weeks ago)

    It is apparent that all the attack was preplanned. They brought out the procession with bamboo sticks and brick butts which doesn't represent a peaceful way of protest. Both parties (Police and JIB) knew that they would fight but police had a bad calculation about the scenario and they paid the price!

    This is a grave concern of being a medieval country! Some people are openly supporting the most notorious war criminals.





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