Police mentioned 4 our bodies of members of Hefazat-e-Islam group had been dropped at Chittagong Medical College Hospital after the violence erupted
Chittagong: Four supporters of a hardline Islamist group had been shot lifeless in Bangladesh on Friday in violent demonstrations over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour to Dhaka, officers mentioned.
It comes as Bangladesh marks 50 years of independence from Pakistan with celebrations targeted on its financial achievements, which activist teams say have been overshadowed by rights abuses.
Police mentioned 4 our bodies of members of Hefazat-e-Islam, a hardline Islamist group, had been dropped at Chittagong Medical College Hospital after violence erupted at Hathazari, a rural city the place the group’s essential leaders are based mostly.
“We got four bodies here. They are all hit with bullets. Three of them are madrasa students and another a tailor,” Alauddin Talukder, a police inspector on the hospital, advised AFP.
He mentioned at the least 4 different demonstrators had been critically injured however didn’t say who opened hearth.
Ruhul Amin, the federal government administrator of Hathazari city, mentioned as much as 1,500 supporters of Hefazat attacked a police station chanting anti-Modi slogans.
“They attacked us all of a sudden,” he mentioned, with out confirming whether or not any protesters had been killed.
Hathazari is residence to one among Bangladesh’s largest madrasas and is the headquarters of the Hefazat, which was fashioned in 2010 and is believed to be the nation’s largest hardline Islamist outfit.
Hefazat spokesman Mir Idris accused police of “opening fire” at their “peaceful” supporters.
“There were some 5,000 protesters. They were all Hefazat supporters and they were mostly madrasa students. They were protesting Modi’s visit and police actions against demonstrators in Dhaka,” he mentioned.
He was referring to different smaller clashes on the compound of the nation’s largest mosque in central Dhaka after Friday prayers when police fired rubber bullets and tear gasoline at brick-throwing Islamist supporters.
At least 9 of those protesters had been injured, he mentioned.
Hefazat is understood for its nationwide community and large-scale protests demanding blasphemy legal guidelines in Bangladesh. In 2013 police clashed with tens of hundreds of Hefazat supporters in Dhaka, leaving practically 50 folks lifeless.
Hefazat apart, a various vary of Bangladeshi teams — together with college students, leftist and different Islamist outfits — have been staging protests over the previous couple of days in opposition to Modi’s go to.
They accuse Modi of stoking spiritual tensions and inciting anti-Muslim violence within the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, which left about 1,000 folks lifeless. Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister on the time.
On Thursday greater than 40 folks had been injured, together with 4 law enforcement officials, throughout a pupil demonstration. At least 33 folks had been detained for violence.
Clashes additionally occurred on the elite state-run Dhaka University Thursday night, when pro-government pupil activists allegedly beat dozens of anti-Modi pupil protesters.
The violence has overshadowed Bangladesh’s celebrations for 50 years of independence from Pakistan.
The former East Pakistan emerged as a brand new nation in 1971 after a brutal warfare involving India marked by horrific abuses that Bangladesh says killed as many as three million and displaced many extra.
For a long time the nation was ravaged by famines, coups and pure disasters however in recent times below Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina it has boomed economically with GDP per head greater than quadrupling since 2000.
But below Hasina, 73, daughter of Bangladesh’s murdered “founding father” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and premier since 2009, the human rights scenario has deteriorated sharply, activists say.
“The Bangladesh government should not be enabled to use this celebratory moment to lay the groundwork for another 50 years of rights violations, or to hide its abuses by presenting itself on the world stage at variance with how it acts against its own citizens,” a joint assertion by 9 rights teams, together with Human Rights Watch, mentioned.
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