Around 50 BNP men were hurt in a reported police attack during a meeting of the party in Habiganj's Lakhai Wednesday night ahead of its Sylhet divisional rally. The incident took place at the BNP Lakhai office in Bamoi Bazar as a preparatory meeting was going regarding BNP's November 19 rally in Sylhet and how to make it a success, Habiganj Jubo Dal General Secretary Jalal Ahmed said. After the meeting got underway in the late evening, police at one point baton charged the BNP men, leaving around 50 leaders and activists of the party injured, Jalal added. Read more: Awami League men vandalise BNP office in Natore "The BNP men hurled bricks at us. We stopped them as they were trying to create violence. Ten police personnel of Lakhai Police Station were hurt in the clash. Police fired several teargas shells and rubber bullets to bring the situation under control," said Nunu Miah, officer-in-charge of Lakhai Police Station. However, Jalal said police also confined the BNP leaders to its Lakhai office for almost two hours. "When we were allowed to go, we had our meeting at Bamoi Bazar." Read more: BNP's rally the cue for Sylhet transport bodies to strike
At least 20 job seekers, including women, were injured in police action to break up their demonstration in Shahbagh demanding an extension of the age limit to apply for government jobs. The protesters under the banner of ‘Chakri Pratyashi Jubo Projonmo’ gathered at the Shahbagh intersection around 2 pm on Friday to press home their demands, including extension of the age limit to 35 from the existing 30, but police asked them to leave. As the job seekers did not move, police chased them and charged them with batons to disperse them, said Rezwana Bindu from Jagannath University's economics department.
A faction of central Chhatra League panel staged a demonstration rally demanding justice for the police attack on their activists at Barguna. The rally was formed in front of anti terrorist Raju monument of Dhaka University at 5pm Tuesday. Present and former leaders of BCL central panel joined the human chain. Demanding proper justice and expulsion of ASP Maharram, vice president of current BCL central panel Iyaj Al Riyad said, " August is the month of mourning. We never thought that we would have to stand here to demand justice for police attack on our activists." He also condemned the briefing of Barguna Chhatra League president for his previous public statement and demanded an investigation into whether they were forced by BCL central president or secretary to give that statement. Later, he demanded the resumption of student politics on BUET campus, saying that "BUET has been made a safe Cantonment of JCD and Shibir as they tried to foil the program of Bangabandhu in the campus." Read: ASP withdrawn after cops charge baton on Barguna BCL activists Former BCL vice president Chanchal Karmakar said, "Police, who led attack on Barguna Chhatra League during the mourning program of Bangabandhu, was an active activist of JCD during his student life and still he is serving BNP by beating up BCL activists. That ASP Maharram must be expelled for showing his courage to disgrace the MP of Barguna. " "Those who tried to foil the program related to Bangabandhu in the BUET campus shall be identified and provided with due punishment for such heinous activity. No one except Shibir activists can do this," he added. Among others, BCL vice president Shohan Khan, Sayed Arif Hossen, SM Mamun, Sardar Mamunur Rashid, Sakib Hasan Sohel and some other central members and leaders were present in the human chain.
BNP on Wednesday alleged that police attacked its peaceful rally in Habiganj and sprayed bullets indiscriminately on its leaders and activists, leaving around 300 injured. BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the allegation at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. “As the rally began in front of our party office in Habiganj’s Shaistanagar at noon, police attacked the rally without any provocation and opened fire indiscriminately, injuring over 300 leaders and activists,” he said. Read: 10 injured in BNP infighting in Chattogram As part of their countrywide programme, Rizvi said Habiganj district unit BNP arranged the rally demanding party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s treatment abroad. BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain was present at the rally as the chief guest, while its chairperson’s adviser Zainul Abedin Farroque as special guest. Rizvi said the injured include Habiganj district Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) organising secretary Rajib Ahmed Ringan, Jubo Dal general secretary Jalal, BNP leader Advocate Sharif, JCD leaders Saidur Rahman, Arshad, Abdul Aahad Tushar, Matshajibi Dal leader Mobarak Hossain, Shipon Ahmed Shahjahan and Zahir Ali.