4 shot lifeless in Bangladesh’s Hathazari after protest towards Narendra Modi’s go to turns violent
Police mentioned 4 our bodies of members of Hefazat-e-Islam group have been dropped at Chittagong Medical School Hospital after the violence erupted
Chittagong: 4 supporters of a hardline Islamist group have 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, have been dropped at Chittagong Medical School Hospital after violence erupted at Hathazari, a rural city the place the group’s most important leaders are based mostly.
“We acquired 4 our bodies right here. They’re all hit with bullets. Three of them are madrasa college students and one other a tailor,” Alauddin Talukder, a police inspector on the hospital, instructed AFP.
He mentioned at the least 4 different demonstrators have 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 unexpectedly,” he mentioned, with out confirming whether or not any protesters have been killed.
Hathazari is residence to one in all Bangladesh’s largest madrasas and is the headquarters of the Hefazat, which was shaped in 2010 and is believed to be the nation’s largest hardline Islamist outfit.
Hefazat spokesman Mir Idris accused police of “opening hearth” at their “peaceable” supporters.
“There have been some 5,000 protesters. They have been all Hefazat supporters and so they have been largely madrasa college students. They have been protesting Modi’s go to and police actions towards 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 the very least 9 of those protesters have 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 individuals 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 towards Modi’s go to.
They accuse Modi of stoking non secular tensions and inciting anti-Muslim violence within the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, which left about 1,000 individuals lifeless. Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister on the time.
On Thursday greater than 40 individuals have been injured, together with 4 cops, throughout a pupil demonstration. At the very least 33 individuals have been detained for violence.
Clashes additionally occurred on the elite state-run Dhaka College 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 previous 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 many years the nation was ravaged by famines, coups and pure disasters however lately underneath Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina it has boomed economically with GDP per head greater than quadrupling since 2000.
However underneath Hasina, 73, daughter of Bangladesh’s murdered “founding father” Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and premier since 2009, the human rights state of affairs has deteriorated sharply, activists say.
“The Bangladesh authorities shouldn’t be enabled to make use of this celebratory second to put the groundwork for an additional 50 years of rights violations, or to cover its abuses by presenting itself on the world stage at variance with the way it acts towards its personal residents,” a joint assertion by 9 rights teams, together with Human Rights Watch, mentioned.
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