Eight more policemen, including an assistant commissioner and an OC, were injured during attacks on them by Jamaat-Shibir activists at Pirojpur and Rajshahi towns yesterday.
The law enforcers arrested 25 activists from both towns in connection with their alleged involvement in the attacks.
Six policemen including the officer-in-charge (OC) of Pirojpur Sadar Police Station were injured during a clash between Jamaat-Shibir activists and law enforcers in front of a mosque of Sayedee Foundation on bypass road.
Police and witnesses said around 200 activists of Jamaat-Shibir gathered in front of the mosque after performing their Juma prayers to hold a rally demanding release of Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee and other party leaders.
On information, police rushed to the spot and tried to disperse the activists. Jamaat-Shibir men, divided into several groups, swooped on the police with sticks and other sharp weapons.
A wrangle between the activists and police led to a chase and counter chase in the area. Jamaat-Shibir supporters threw brickbats at police, prompting the law enforcers to charge batons, fire four rounds of tear shells and 20 rubber bullets.
Police arrested three activists--Hafez Hafizur Rahman, Mustak Ahmed and Sirajul Islam--from the spot, reports our correspondent in Barisal.
A case would be filed against the activists on charge of attacking the law enforcers, said N M Murshid, acting superintendent of police of the district.
In Rajshahi, a police constable was stabbed allegedly by Jamaat-Shibir activists while an assistant commissioner of police came under attack by locals during his attempt to nab the activists at Dharampur early yesterday.
The injured policemen are constable Shariful Islam of Motihar Police Station, and Assistant Commissioner (AC) Abul Hasnat of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police (RMP).
RMP Commissioner SM Moniruzzaman blamed Jamaat and Shibir activists for launching the pre-planned attacks on both policemen.
Police arrested 22 activists of Jamaat-Shibir for their alleged involvement in the incidents, reports our staff correspondent in Rajshahi.
Quoting Shariful, police officials said a gang of six to seven people swooped on Shariful while he was going to join his duty as a guard at Bangladesh Betar Transmission Tower at Binodpur around 2:00am.
Nayek Romesh Kumar Ghosh said they dragged Shariful to a roadside tree and stabbed him indiscriminately after knocking him down on the ground.
Hearing Shariful's scream, other policemen rushed to the spot and the attackers fled through the orchards of the Radio tower garden, he added.
Stabbed severely in the legs, the constable was first taken to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital and later shifted to National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases in Dhaka for better treatment.
Later AC Hasnat along with a police team went to Binodpur around 4:00am to nab the suspected attackers -- Sabuj and Rajib.
As the police members raided their house, its female members swooped on Hasnat with sharp weapons.
Sabuj and Rajib fled through the bamboo fence of their house when policemen were busy in the tussle with their family members, police said.
Rajib's mother Shahar Banu and aunt Motijan Begum were injured as police charged baton on them. They were undergoing treatment at RMCH.
RMP Commissioner Moniruzzaman said “It is undoubtedly the work of Jamaat-Shibir activists as the injured police members had no involvement in any local affairs."
"The attempts on their lives were similar to the recent attacks on police by Jamaat-Shibir men," he added.
Sanaul Haque, officer-in-charge of Motihar Police Station, said two cases were filed in connection with the incidents.