Local administrations of Cox’s Bazar’s Pekua and Rangamati’s Kaptai upazilas imposed Section 144 of the CrPC, that restricts freedom of assembly - effectively a curfew - in their respective areas on Sunday to avert any untoward situation after yet another instance of local units of the two main political parties calling for clashing or back-to-back programs that greatly increase the security risk in any setting. Local law enforcement resources around the country have been frequently stretched in this manner in the last few months, but also throughout the year. The curfew imposed by Pekua upazila administration has been in force from 6am, and is supposed to go till 9pm. All types of public gatherings within the upazila’s Sikder Para Stadium and Kabir Chowdhury Bazar areas were banned during the curfew. The curfew was imposed through a notification signed by Pekua Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Purbita Chakma. BNP’s Pekua upazila unit had called for a rally protesting the recent fuel price hike on Sunday, while the local AL unit had called for a mourning program simultaneously. On Saturday night, AL and BNP activists took positions in the upazila’s Chowmuhani and Stadium areas, which compelled the local administration to impose Section 144 fearing the eruption of a clash. Read: Section 144 imposed in Barishal’s Hijla over fears of AL infighting On the other hand, Kaptai upazila administration issued a notification signed by Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Muntasir Jahan on Saturday night, banning all types of meetings and demonstrations in Kaptai Sadar area from 6:00am to 6:00pm on Sunday. According to Muntasir, the Kaptai unit of BNP was taking preparations for a rally to be held on Sunday protesting the price hike of fuel and daily essentials, while the local AL had also called for a protest rally on the same day demanding the hanging of BNP leader Tarique Rahman. “As there was a possibility for the deterioration of the law and order situation, we had to impose Section 144 to maintain peace and stability in the area,” said the UNO.
At least 15 activists of the ruling Awami League and opposition BNP were injured in a clash between the rival parties in Khulna on Thursday. Around 7pm on Thursday, the AL's Dighalia union unit was holding a programme near Pother Bazar intersection where the local unit of the BNP had also been holding a rally at the same time. As BNP members tried to move ahead in a procession through the area, a clash ensued between the activists of the two parties in front of the AL office. The groups attacked each other with brick chips. Also read: 7 hurt in AL factional clash in Magura; over 50 houses vandalised Later police soon took control of the situation, said Pratap Ghosh, sub-inspector of Dighalia police station. Khan Najrul Islam, president of Dighalia AL unit, claimed that BNP activists attacked his party members, leaving seven of them hurt. "They have been admitted to upazila health complex and Khulna Medical College and Hospital." Also read: AL-BNP clash leaves 20 injured in Feni Meanwhile, Amir Ejaz Khan, convener of the district BNP, claimed that eight of his party members were injured as AL activists attacked them while leaving after a rally.
At least 20 people were injured on Monday in a sporadic clash between activists of the ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition BNP during a protest rally of BNP in the trunk road area of the town on Friday. The injured are undergoing treatment at a local hospital, said Nizam Uddin, officer-in-charge of Feni Model Police Station. According to the locals, BNP leaders and activists hold a procession in the town protesting the price hike of daily commodities including oil, gas, fertilizers and the murder of Swechchasebak Dal leader Abdur Rahim and Chhatra Dal president Noor-e Alam in Bhola. When the procession reached the trunk road of the town, Chhatra League and Juba League activists attacked. Read: AL won't let BNP set the stage for another August 15: Hasan The clash ensued around 3:30 pm when BNP activists counterattacked. Several chases and counter chases took place between the parties that left at least 20 people injured, added the OC. Police fired 15 rounds of gunshots and rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.
At least 20 people were injured on Monday in a sporadic clash between activists of ruling Awami League (AL) and opposition BNP during the observance of Language Martyrs Day in Raipur upazila of Lakshmipur district.Of the injured, 13 were admitted to the Upazila Health Complex.The two-hour chase and counter-chase started around 9am on Monday which in front of the Dak-bungalow and Upazila Health Complex areas. Read: 8 hurt in BCL infighting in Ctg over offering flowers at Shaheed Minar
Detectives early Thursday arrested the ‘personal secretary’ of BNP mayoral candidate for Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) election Ishraque Hossain for opening fire during a clash between Awami League and BNP supporters in the city’s Gopibagh area.