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Chhatradal activists sued for attacking, vandalising police vehicles in Gaibandha

Update : 25 Nov 2013, 05:47 AM

Police in Palashbari of the district yesterday filed two separate cases against Chhatradal activists for attacking the law enforcers and vandalising vehicles, including torching a BRTC bus on Saturday.

Tawhid Islam, sub-inspector of police at Palashbari, filed the cases accusing 46 identified and 150 unidentified leaders and workers of Chhatradal.

Police said the activists of opposition BNP’s students’ wing brought out a violent procession in the upazila town on Saturday around 4:30pm, demanding unconditional release of five of their detained leaders and workers.

When the procession reached the Chowmatha intersection in the upazila town, police obstructed its progress, resulting in a clash.

At one stage, chases and counter chases took place between the police and the Chhatradal activists. In retaliation, police charged batons, lobbed tear gas shells and fired a few rounds of rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, leaving 10 activists injured.

The police also arrested six activists from the spot. They are Ashraful Alam, 22, Manik, 21, Shajahan, 20, Suja, 20, Shefaul 23 and Sohel, 25.

In protest, the infuriated activists of Chhatradal vandalised at least 15 vehicles and set fire to a Sundarganj bound BRTC bus from Rajshahi on the highway and blocked Gaibandha-Palashbari Road of the upazila town.

Due to the attacks, hundreds of vehicles became stranded on both sides of the highway disrupting road communication, creating untold sufferings to the passengers and commuters.

Later, Rapid Action Battalion members and additional police were deployed in the upazila town and the situation was brought under control. Vehicular movement resumed after two hours, said Officer-in-Charge of Palashbari thana, Nasir Uddin Mondal.

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