A mob vandalised Hathazari police station on Sunday protesting at the death of four people in Bhola.
Police and witnesses said a protest procession was brought out in Hathazari under the banner of Towhidi Janata on Sunday afternoon and they joined a protest rally at Dak Banglow crossing in Hathazari.
From the rally, the agitators marched towards the police station.
Police fired tear gas canisters to disperse the mob, but they entered the police station and vandalised it.
Panic spread in the area. Businessmen shut down their shops.
Later, the mob took the Hathazari-Khagrachari Highway and Hathazari-Rangamati Highway, blocking the vehicle movement till 5:00pm.
The angry mob performed their magrib prayers on the road.
Hefazat-e-Islam secretary general Junayed Babu Nagri said that Hefazat did not declare any movement and he was unaware about who were the protestors.
Hathazari police officer-in-charge Belal Uddin said in the evening that the situation was now under control.
In a statement, Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Sunday demanded punishment of the police personnel who attacked local people killing the four.
On Sunday evening, Hefazat amir Shah Ahmed Shafi and secretary general Junayed Babu Nagari in a press statement said that police did not take action against Biplob who allegedly made ‘derogatory remark’ about the Prophet of Islam in a Facebook post.
‘Police rather attacked innocent people,’ the statement said.
‘By such attack police showed their “audacity”’, it said.
Hefazat urged the government to take action against the police personnel, otherwise, it said, would go for countrywide protest.
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