The Hefazat-e-Islam men, moved out from Shapla Chattar area at the capital’s business district Motijheel ten minutes after law enforcers started operation to drive them away.
Hefazat-e-Islam activists kept the area occupied since a post-blockade rally on Sunday.
Our correspondent Manik Miazee said at around 2:30am Monday, a contingent of more than 5,000 law enforcers comprising of police, Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh personnel moved towards the area to take control and drive out the Hefazat activists.
Noise of continuous gunshots, firing of teargas canisters and stun grenade explosions rocked the area in those ten minutes. Leaving the Shapla Chattar, the Hefazat men ran for cover soon the operation began.
By 2:55am, the law enforcers cleared the area from Shapla Chattar to Ittefaq intersection and Shapla Chattar to Dainik Bangla intersections. Another correspondent Abu Bakar Siddique said he saw at least 70-80 injured men were being carried away by their Hefazat cohorts.
The Hefazat men took cover inside different nearby alleys as soon as armoured police cars (APC) and thousands of lawmen started moving in the area. Earlier, the Hefazat men put barricades by setting fires at different points around the rally venue.
Witnesses alleged that BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami activists in disguise of Hefazat men. It is mentionable that Jamaat activists were seen with Hefazat activists while Awami League activists have been seen with policemen throughout the day.
“We have all sorts of logistics support to prevent police from taking control,” a Shibir man had told Dhaka Tribune seeking anonymity.