11 more Hefazat activists arrested over B’baria violence

United News of Bangladesh . Brahmanbaria | Published: 13:32, Apr 21,2021


Police arrested 11 more people in connection with the late March violence allegedly committed by Hefazat-e-Islam activists in Brahmanbaria, taking the total number of arrests to 328.

The arrests were made from different parts of the district after identifying the accused from video footages and images taken during the violence, police said.

A total of 55 cases were so far filed and 414 suspects were identified in connection with the violence.

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

The clashes occurred when Hefazat men were staging demonstration protesting against visit of Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India, to Bangladesh marking the golden jubilee of Bangladesh’s independence and birth centenary of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

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

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

Besides, the Hefazat supporters also had vandalised 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.

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