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Brahmanbaria mayhem: 7 more Hefazat men held

  • Published at 01:19 pm April 24th, 2021
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Hefazat-e-Islam activists blockade a road in Brahmanbaria by setting tyres on fire to enforce their daylong hartal on Sunday, March 28, 2021 Focus Bangla

So far, 353 people have been arrested in the 55 cases filed over the rampage

Police have arrested seven more people in the past 24 hours in connection with last month's mayhem by Hefazat-e-Islam supporters in Brahmanbaria.

The arrests were made from different parts of the district after identifying the accused from video footage and images taken during the violence, sources at the District Special Branch (DSB) of police said on Saturday.

So far, 55 cases have been filed and 353 people were arrested over the rampage, they added.

On March 27, at least five people were killed, and around 50 others, including 25 cops, were injured in clashes between members of law enforcement agencies and locals during Hefazat’s demonstrations at Nandanpur in sadar upazila.

They had staged the protests against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.

The next day, during Hefazat’s countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal protesting police action on their anti-Modi processions in Dhaka, Chittagong, and other districts, activists set fire to three buildings, including the land office in Brahmanbaria Sadar upazila.

They had also attacked a Chittagong-bound train at the Talshohor Rail Station in Brahmanbaria town.

Besides, the Hefazat supporters also vandalized several private and government establishments, including zila parishad building, municipality building, police lines, industrial school, land office, Alauddin Music Academy, and Foirtala Bus Stand in sadar upazila.

The supporters had also attacked Brahmanbaria Press Club and confined some journalists to the premises.