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8 killed in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh, Hefazat calls daylong strike on Sunday

8 killed in anti-Modi protests in Bangladesh Hefazat calls daylong strike on Sunday

The Hasina govt deployed paramilitaries, police asked to stay alert across Bangladesh

Eastern Times, 27 March: Various Islamist parties, including the radical Hifazat-e-Islam, marched across Bangladesh on Saturday in protest of the killing of eight Islamist party supporters in an anti-Modi protest on Friday. They called a 12-hour strike on Sunday in Dhaka.

Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh Secretary General Allama Nurul Islam Jihadi has said that eight people were killed in an indiscriminate shooting by government police during a protest rally against the arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A nationwide strike was called on Sunday in protest. The strike will be observed at any cost.

He was speaking at a protest rally organized by Hefazat-e-Islam Dhaka at the north gate of the National Mosque Baitul Mukarram on Saturday afternoon in protest of the deaths of eight people in attacks by BCL, Juba League and police forces during peaceful protests in different parts of the country including Hathazari in Chittagong.

The government has deployed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members in Dhaka, Chattogram, Brahmanbaria and other parts of the country to control law and order as Islamist parties are protesting over Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.

BGB Director (Operations) Lieutenant Colonel Fayzur Rahman confirmed The Business Standard about the BGB deployment on Saturday.

The deployment came a day after fierce clashes, between Islamists parties, police and ruling party men, in some parts of the country that claimed at least five lives and injured dozens.

Besides, police have also been asked to stay alert across the country.

Police Headquarters AIG (media) Sohel Rana said, “Police officials have been asked to remain alert as police stations might come under attacks.”

Leaders and activists of Hefazat-e-Islam and some Islamist parties clashed with police and ruling Awami League men on Friday in Dhaka, Chattogram and Brahmanbaria, when they were barred from protesting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bangladesh visit. At least five people were killed and dozens injured during the clashes.

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