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Journos among 50 injured in clash between anti-Modi protesters, police

  • Published at 04:14 pm March 26th, 2021
Police anti-Modi protesters Baitul Mukarram Dhaka 26 March 2021
A team of police take position in front of the entrance of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka, while members of Islamist organizations remain within the mosque premises, on Friday, March 26, 2021. A clash broke out between the Islamists and the police as the former group tried to bring out a procession from the mosque to protest the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The altercation took place in the Baitul Mukarram area in Dhaka on Friday afternoon

At least 50 people, including several journalists, were injured in a clash between a group of protesters and police in the Baitul Mukarram area in the city on Friday afternoon.

Among the injured journalists are Eshtiak Emon of Ekattor TV, Amran Hossain and Probir Das of The Daily Star, M Jahangir Alam of UNB and Dipon Dewan of BanglaVision. Both Jahangir and Dipon were shot as police fired rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.

The wounded people were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment, said Inspector Md Bachchu Mia, in-charge of the DMCH police outpost.

A fight breaks out inside the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka on Friday, March 26, 2021 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The protesters, members of various Islamist organizations, launched a fresh demonstration after Jumma prayers on Friday, protesting the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.

Modi arrived in Dhaka in the morning on a two-day visit to join the twin celebrations of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence. It is Modi's first visit outside India since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The protesters tried to bring out a procession from the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, chanting anti-Modi slogans, after the Jumma prayers, when a team of police intervened, according to media reports.

At least 50 people have been injured in the violent clash in the Baitul Mukarram area in Dhaka on Friday, March 26, 2021 | Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

The altercation turned violent as police baton-charged on the protesters to stop them. The protesters, in retaliation, hurled brickbats at the law enforcement officials.

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The situation escalated quickly and the police fired several rounds of tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.

Men with helments on are seen at the scene of the clash in Baitul Mukarram area in Dhaka, in front of the mosque entrance, on Friday, March 26, 2021 |Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka TribuneA group of men wearing helmets and armed with sticks were also seen at the scene, locking in a clash with the anti-Modi protesters.

Aiming to prevent any untoward incident, additional police were stationed in the Baitul Mukarram area since Friday morning.

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On Thursday, at least 20 people, including two journalists, were injured when Chhatra League men reportedly carried out multiple attacks on anti-Modi protesters at Dhaka University (DU).

Also, earlier in day, another 20 people, including seven law enforcers, were injured and 32 were detained in a clash between the police and demonstrators in Dhaka's Motijheel area during anti-Modi protests.

Our DMCH correspondent Aminul Islam Babu contributed to this report