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400 sued over clashes with police during Sayedee’s absentee funeral in Chittagong

  • Cases filed at Kotwali, Khulshi police stations
  • 40 arrested
Update : 16 Aug 2023, 03:24 PM

The police have sued 400 individuals in three cases over clashes between convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee’s followers and law enforcement officials on Tuesday during an absentee funeral prayer for the late Jamaat leader in Chittagong. 

The cases were filed at Kotwali and Khulshi police stations.

Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Jahidul Kabir said: "A case has been filed against 200 to 250 unidentified people. Forty were arrested at the spot [of the clash]."

The case was filed for assaulting policemen, the OC added.

Khulshi police station OC Santosh Kumar Chakma said: "A case has been registered accusing an additional 100 to 150 people of attacking police."

Police block a street during an absentee funeral prayer for Delawar Hossain Sayedee in Chittagong, on Tuesday, August 15, 2023. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, Jamaat announced that it would be offering an absentee funeral prayer at Jamiyatul Falah Masjid for the convicted war criminal Delawar Hossain Sayedee, who had passed away on Monday night.

In the afternoon, police closed both gates of the mosque grounds and took position there. Party leaders and followers gradually gathered there. In the afternoon, police chased and dispersed Jamaat and its student wing, Chhatra Shibir, leaders and workers.

Meanwhile, a group of workers who had gathered threw bricks at police line near Dampara at the Chittagong Metropolitan Police headquarters. In the meantime, some Jamaat-Shibir activists were injured due to police baton-charging them, while several policemen sustained injuries from the other side’s stone-pelting.

Later, police drove away the protesters who had congregated around the Jamiyatul Falah Masjid grounds, leading them from Kazir Dewri in the city through Chatteshwari and Wasa intersections to Hazrat Garib Ullah Shah Mazar, covering an approximate one-kilometre distance.

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