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Train, Temples Attacked As Bangladesh Clashes Spread After PM Modi Visit

Thousands of protesters marched down streets throughout Bangladesh on Sunday.


Hundreds of members of a hardline Islamist group attacked Hindu temples and a prepare in japanese Bangladesh on Sunday, the police and a neighborhood journalist stated, as violence unfold throughout the nation within the wake of a go to by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Local police and medical doctors have stated at the least 11 protesters have been killed since Friday in clashes with police throughout demonstrations organised by Islamist teams towards PM Modi’s go to. Violence has raged on since PM Modi’s departure as anger has swelled over the deaths.

PM Modi arrived in Dhaka on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s nationhood, and he left on Saturday after gifting Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina some 12 lakh COVID-19 vaccine photographs.

The protesters accuse PM Modi of discriminatory insurance policies towards Muslims in India.

On Friday, dozens of individuals have been injured within the densely-populated capital Dhaka as police fired tear fuel and rubber bullets at protesters.

Thousands of protesters marched down streets throughout Bangladesh on Sunday.

Supporters with the Hefazat-e-Islam group attacked a prepare within the japanese district of Brahmanbaria, leading to 10 folks being injured, a police official stated.

“They attacked the train and damaged its engine room and almost all the coaches,” the official advised Reuters, declining to be named as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

Several authorities workplaces, together with the land workplace and a government-sponsored music academy, have been set on hearth and several other Hindu temples have been additionally attacked, stated Javed Rahim, a journalist in Brahmanbaria city.

“We are in extreme fear and feeling really helpless,” Rahim advised Reuters by phone, including: “Even the press club was attacked, leaving many injured, including the press club president.”

One protester, who sustained an damage throughout Saturday’s conflict in Brahmanbaria, died on Sunday, a health care provider stated.

Islamist demonstrators additionally set alight two buses within the western district of Rajshahi on Sunday, whereas a whole lot of protesters clashed with police in a number of locations, pelting them with stones, three police sources in three districts stated.

Protesters used electrical poles, timber and sand baggage to dam roads and police retaliated with rubber bullets and tear fuel, leaving dozens injured in Narayanganj, simply outdoors the capital, Dhaka, one police official stated.

Protesters additionally vandalised and burned a number of buses in Dhaka as they blocked many roads, a police official stated.

The protests have flared into wider demonstrations towards police killings, and the Hefazat-e-Islam enforced a nationwide strike on Sunday.

“Police opened fire on our peaceful supporters,” Hefazat-e-Islam’s organising secretary Azizul Haque advised a rally. “We will not let the blood of our brothers go in vain.”

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