Police foiled a sabotage attempt of miscreants to derail a train in Fatullah on Dhaka-Narayanganj route, ahead of the latest 48-hour road-rail-waterway blockade across Bangladesh called by BNP, Jamaat and like-minded opposition parties. Mokhlesur Rahman, sub-inspector of Narayanganj Government Railway Police, said miscreants attached a heavy iron plate to the rail line at Kotolerbagh in an attempt to derail the train. Locals first noticed it and informed police through the national emergency number 999. 562 arrested by RAB on charges of sabotage since Oct 28 On information, police rushed to the spot and removed the iron plate from the rail line. Police are trying to arrest those involved in the sabotage attempt, he said. RAB arrests 4, including Sramik Dal leader, from Dhaka's Jatrabari in sabotage case
At least 10 people including policemen and journalists were injured in a clash between BNP activists and law enforcers during picketing amid the 48-hour hartal being observed by the party and like-minded opposition parties. Locals said that BNP activists brought out a procession in favour of the hartal in Puratan Bus Stand area around 11 am and vandalised some vehicles, causing panic on the streets. Also read: 11 arson attacks reported in 15 hours: Fire Service A clash broke out when police barred the BNP men from marching forward, they said. At one stage of the altercation, the picketers hurled brickbats targeting the law enforcers who retaliated with tear gas shells, they said. Rajan Kumar Das, additional superintendent of district police, said they used tear shells and opened blank fire to control the situation. Also read: Jamaat’s registration to remain cancelled: SC dismisses party’s appeal Ten people, including three policemen, were injured in the clash, he said, adding that the situation is now under their control. Local BNP leaders could not be reached over the phone for comments in this connection. Also read: RAB arrests 4, including Sramik Dal leader, from Dhaka's Jatrabari in sabotage case
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Habibur Rahman on Tuesday (November 14, 2023) said BNP itself locked its central office in the capital’s Nayapaltan. “If BNP leaders want, they can carry out their activities in the office and there is no bar from our side,” the DMP chief said while replying to a question from reporters after visiting the people injured in various arson incidents at the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. “He said that the police remain deployed in front of the BNP office throughout the year for security. As part of regular duty, police are guarding there. BNP has locked its party office on October 28. However, they can carry out party activities in the office if they want,” he added. Read: DMP warns of legal actions against destructive acts in name of political programme In response to a question, the commissioner said that the parked vehicles are being burned and police are working to stop these attacks. “We have given various instructions at the field level. As a result, we managed to arrest many perpetrators with the help of the public.” The DMP chief also sought people’ cooperation to stop these violence. He also assured that they will provide financial support to the victims. Read: 1636 people arrested in 112 cases in 10 days since October 28: DMP Processes are underway to take strict action against the perpetrators of this atrocity, he said. A total of 19 people have been arrested in connection with the arson violence he said adding that no one will be spared.
A female garment worker was killed and ten were injured in a clash between police and RMG workers at Konabari in Gazipur on Wednesday (November 08, 2023). The deceased was identified as Anjuara Khatun, 30, wife of Jamal Hossain of Sirajganj district. Witnesses said workers of garment factories took to the streets in the morning in Konabari, demanding Tk 23,000 as the minimum salary. Garment factories reopen in Gazipur, several hurt in clash with police On information, police fired rubber bullets, sound grenades and lobbed tear gas shells to disperse them, triggering a clash that left eleven people injured. The agitating garment workers claimed that Anjuara died on the way to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Police use tear gas shells as RMG workers protest in Gazipur Mohammad Ibrahim Khan, deputy commissioner of Gazipur Metropolitan Police, said a female garment worker — injured in the clash — was sent to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Garment workers have been demonstrating, demanding to increase their basic salary to Tk 23,000, for several days across the country. The government of Bangladesh on Tuesday fixed Tk 12,500 as minimum salary for entry-level RMG workers. BGB deployed to beef up security for garment factories in Dhaka, Gazipur
Police arrested a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist after two crude bombs were thrown at a police vehicle at the House Building area of Dhaka’s Uttara on Sunday morning (November 05, 2023). The arrestee was identified as GM Hasan, also former vice president of JCD's Gazipur city unit. Read: 11 BNP leaders-activists arrested in Narail The incident took place in front of Pubali Bank in Uttara’s House Building area at around 7:30am. Confirming the incident, Inspector (Operations) Partha Pratim Brahmachari of Uttara West Police Station, said miscreants threw two crude bombs targeting a police vehicle which was deployed in the area to tackle any untoward situation. One of the crude bombs exploded upon impact. Later, the law enforcers chased and arrested JCD activist involved in the attack, said Inspector Partha. Read: Six members of a Rohingya family arrested with 6,275 Yaba pills at HSIA The unexploded crude bomb was recovered from the spot, he added. Picketing and arson violence were reported across the capital since this morning amid the road, rail and waterways blockade for 48 hours called by BNP, Jamaat and like-minded opposition parties across the country.
Those who were involved in violence and arson attacks across Bangladesh prior to and during the hartal and blockade enforced by BNP-Jamaat will be arrested after investigating each incident, and legal action will be taken, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun said on Wednesday (November 01, 2023). Claiming that a quarter with vested interests is involved in attempts to destabilise the country, the police chief said, “If anyone enforces any programme, people have the right to observe it. But people should also be able to commute on the road freely; it’s their right. So, we are going to take measures to ensure that people can move about freely,” he said. The IGP came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting policemen injured during the BNP-police clashes on October 28, at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital. Bangladesh sets bright example of communal harmony: IGP He also said that there was no lack of security measures during BNP's October 28 rally. “We were able to bring the situation under control. Without any provocation, picketers set a bus on fire and carried out attack on another bus. They intentionally attacked people,” he said. Police Constable Amirul Islam was killed in a brutal attack, allegedly by BNP activists, while on duty during the deadly violence at Naya Paltan and nearby areas on October 28. Besides, 41 policemen were injured in clashes between law enforcers and BNP-Jamaat men in Dhaka’s Motijheel, Kakrail and Naya Paltan areas on that day. Won't allow any attempt at sabotage or to stoke violence from BNP’s Oct 28 rally: IGP Dhaka Metropolitan Police's Deputy Commissioner (Media) Faruk Hossain said that 22 injured policemen are undergoing treatment at Rajarbagh Police Hospital and 19 at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. When asked about the arrest of Mian Zahidul Islam Arefy, who identified himself as an “advisor to US President Joe Biden” and spoke to media at the BNP central office and Lt Gen (Retd) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy who brought Arefy to the BNP office, the police chief said, “We don't want to disclose anything yet for the sake of investigation.” Detectives arrested Sarwardy from Savar on Tuesday (October 31, 2023). Arefy was detained at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Sunday. On Monday, Mian Zahidul Islam Arefy, who claimed to be an “adviser to US President Joe Biden,” at the DB office said that “Lt General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardi brought me to the BNP party office at 3 pm to discuss their programme. They requested me to deliver a speech.” Read more: Bus set on fire in Dhaka’s Kafrul
At least 70 people were injured as the activists of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and police locked into clashes during the BNP’s dawn-to-dusk nationwide hartal in Narayanganj's Araihazar and Press Club areas on Sunday. Nazrul Islam Azad, assistant secretary of BNP's international affairs, former joint convener of district BNP Mashukul Islam Azad, Araihazar upazila BNP president Yusuf Khan Bhuiyan, general secretary Jewel Ahmed were among the injured. 'Attacks on Saturday, Sunday were pre-planned by BNP': Obaidul Quader In support of BNP's hartal, the leaders and activists of Araihazar Upazila BNP and its associate bodies led by BNP International Affairs Assistant Secretary Nazrul Islam Azad, brought out a procession on the Dhaka-Sylhet highway this morning. When they took position in the Panchrukhi area of Dhaka-Sylhet highway and blocked the road by burning the tires, police charged with batons to disperse them, triggering the clash. BNP leader Nazrul Islam Azad said police charged with batons and fired rubber bullets in our peaceful march, leaving at least 20 leaders and activists injured including me. Fakhrul brought to DB office for questioning: DMP Commissioner Additional Superintendent of Narayanganj Police (DB)Tariqul Islam said BNP men blocked Araihazar’s Dhaka-Sylhet highway and police tried to remove them from the road. When BNP men threw bricks at the police, police dispersed them to bring the situation under control, the ASP added. Meanwhile, a chase and counter chase between BNP activists and leaders took place in Narayanganj’s Press club area on Sunday morning. The incident occurred in front of Narayanganj Press Club at around 8 am on Sunday. BNP announces 3-day countrywide blockade from Tuesday Agitated leaders and activists of BNP vandalized cars and hurled brickbats along with arson on the streets. Meanwhile, police fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets to bring the situation under control. Narayanganj Metropolitan BNP member secretary Abu Al Yusuf Khan Tipu claimed that “When we were observing hartal peacefully, the police fired on us, leaving our 50 leaders and activists injured.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) launched drives at the houses of several senior BNP leaders in the city on Saturday night, following the violence at Nayapaltan that left two people, including a police constable dead. Police, both in uniform and plainclothes, cordoned off the Shahjahanpur residence of BNP’s Standing Committee Member Mirza Abbas after 3 am. Police, however, left the house as the BNP leader was not there at that moment. Miscreants set BNP office on fire in Khulna Earlier, police also conducted a drive at BNP’s Vice Chairman Abdul Awal Minto's Gulshan residence around 12 am, but he was not at home at the time. Later, they picked up his son Tajwar M Awal from the residence. Police also carried out drives at several BNP leaders' residences on Sunday morning. Police detained BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from his Gulshan residence on Sunday morning. 6 cases filed against 1300 BNP leaders, activists including Mirza Abbas with Shahjahanpur Police Station in Dhaka Amid BNP’s hartal, a group of law enforcers raided Fakhrul’s Gulshan-2 house and detained him around 9:25 am. Later, he was taken to DB headquarters on Minto Road. Police also conducted drives at BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury's Banani residence at around 10:30 am but he was not at home. Besides, police conducted drives at BNP's Joint Secretary Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal’s homes at Lalmatia and Banani at around 10:40 am and 11:43 am respectively but the BNP leader was not there. BNP leaders can’t deny role in yesterday’s violence that left a policeman dead: Home Minister Police also raided the house of BNP Executive Committee member Ishraque Hossain's Gulshan residence at around 11 am but he was not there either.
The grand rally of BNP which began in front of its Nayapaltan central office on Saturday morning remained suspended in the afternoon following police action. The rally was suspended at 2:15 pm as police fired rubber bullets, sound grenades and lobbed tear gas shells, forcing the BNP leaders and activists to leave the rally venue. BNP men attacked police, vandalised cars in Dhaka’s Kakrail: DB says The BNP leaders also set fire on papers on the streets protesting the police attack. A tense situation has been prevailing in Dhaka’s Nayapaltan area amid huge presence of police, RAB, members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB). BNP rally: Tense situation in Dhaka’s Nayapaltan area The grand rally of BNP began in front of its Nayapaltan central office with the participation of thousands of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies to press home their one-point demand for holding the upcoming national election under a non-party government. Police, BNP men clash in Dhaka’s Kakrail area, police box set on fire The rally formally began around 12:40 pm with recitation from the holy Quran with the participation of thousands of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies to press home their one-point demand for holding the upcoming national election under a non-party government.
Additional Commissioner of Detective Branch (DB) Harun-or-Rashid has said that some BNP activists attacked police in front of the Judges' Residence Complex in Dhaka’s Kakrail earlier today (October 28, 2023). “Some policemen were injured. Furthermore, they carried out an attack, vandalised and set some vehicles on fire in front of IDB Bhaban at Kakrail,” he said while talking with reporters in front of Kakrail Church. Currently, BGB members are deployed at Kakrail Church crossing. He said police have video footage of the incidents. “We will identify those involved and take appropriate action,” he said. Police, BNP men clash in Dhaka’s Kakrail area, police box set on fire The BNP activists who were engaged in violence escaped the scene, and the situation is now under control, he added. Earlier, a chase and counter-chase between police and BNP leaders, activists occurred in Dhaka’s Kakrail area. Witnesses said leaders and activists of BNP brought out a procession in the Kakrail area and started going towards InterContinental hotel around 1 pm. At one stage, police obstructed them, and BNP leaders, activists started throwing brick chips at the law enforcers. More than 50 detained in extensive search operations at Dhaka’s entry points Later, police fired rubber bullets, used sound grenades and tear gas shells to disperse them. The grand rally of BNP has begun in front of its Nayapaltan central office with the participation of thousands of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies to press home their one-point demand for holding the upcoming national election under a non-party government. AL, BNP rallies: 3 vehicles vandalised in Dhaka