Teenager Dies In Fresh Bangladesh Protest Violence
Narayanganj, Bangladesh, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Mar, 2021 ) :A teenager has died and at least a dozen people were injured during clashes between police and demonstrators in Bangladesh on Sunday, officials and reports said, in the third day of Islamist protests against the visit of India's Hindu-nationalist leader.
The protesters -- mostly from the hardline Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam -- were angry at the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Bangladesh marked 50 years of independence, accusing him of stoking communal violence against Muslims in his country.
The 19-year-old boy died in a hospital in the eastern district of Brahmanbaria after being caught up in clashes in the rural town of Sarail on Sunday, Shawkat Hossain, a doctor at the state-run centre, told AFP.
The cause of death was not yet known, he added.
Mridul said about 3,000 Hefazat supporters and Muslim villagers had taken part in the Sarail protests, and used logs to block roads.
Bangladesh's home minister Asaduzzaman Khan called for the protests to be halted.
"Our security forces are observing this with patience," Khan told reporters on Sunday.
"We think if this is not stopped, we'll take necessary actions." At another protest in Narayanganj just outside the capital Dhaka on Sunday, Hefazat supporters chanted "action, action, direct action" as they blocked the key highway linking Dhaka with the port city of Chittagong.
Hundreds of demonstrators burnt furniture and tyres on the roads as they chanted anti-Modi slogans and called on authorities to investigate the earlier shootings.
Other groups -- including students, leftists and other Islamist outfits -- also staged protests against Modi's visit on Friday and Saturday.