Police bring charges of vandalism, assaulting police, and obstruction of government duty
Three cases were filed against over 4,000 named and unnamed people with three different police stations in Dhaka over Friday's clashes between police and protesters, outraged by the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran at a puja venue in Comilla.
The three cases were filed by police with Paltan, Ramna, and Chawkbazar police stations, with charges including assault on police, obstruction of government work, and vandalism.
Officer-in-Charge Md Salauddin Mia of Paltan police station said the case filed with them names 11 people , along with about 2,000-2,500 unnamed people. So far, five arrests have been made in connection with this case.
Officer-in-Charge Md Monirul Islam of Ramna model police station said the case started names ten people while the number of unnamed is between 1,400-1,500. Ten people have already been arrested in the case.
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Inspector (Investigation) of Chawkbazar police station Taslima Akhter said the police station registered a case accusing five arrested people and another 35-40 unnamed people.
Friday's clashes erupted at Kakrail Nightingale crossing and Bijoynagar areas as Muslim devotees brought out a procession in protest against the alleged desecration of the Holy Quran in Comilla, for which very little evidence has emerged.
The devotees brought out the procession after coming out of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after the weekly Jummah prayers.
Another separate procession was brought out in Chawkbazar the same day after Jummah prayers. It too clashed with police trying to obstruct them.