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Bhola clash: Islami Jubo Andolon holds demo in Dhaka

  • Published at 05:26 pm October 25th, 2019
Islami Jubo Andolon
Activists of Islami JUbo Andolon at the demonstration held in front of the Baitul Mukarram mosque in Dhaka on Friday, October 25, 2019 Focus Bangla

Several hundred activists of the platform's Dhaka city unit gathered in front of the national mosque on Topkhana Road after Juma prayers on Friday

Members of Islami Jubo Andolon have staged a demonstration in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque in Dhaka protesting the recent violence in Bhola, which left four people dead, and hundreds injured.

Several hundred activists of the platform's Dhaka city unit gathered in front of the national mosque on Topkhana Road after Jumma prayers on Friday. 

Demanding exemplary punishment for those involved in spreading offensive messages against Islam on the Facebook Messenger app, the demonstrators marched from the front of the national mosque to their office in Paltan area.

Later, they ended their demonstration through a procession in the nearby areas.

Messages were sent to several people from a hacked Facebook account of a local Hindu youth named Biplob Chandra Shuvo. Screenshots of the messages went viral on Facebook, which fuelled a protest in Bhola’s Borhanuddin upazila on October 20, leading to a clash between a mob of protesters, and police. 

The Islami Jubo Andolon protesters also demanded justice for the four people who had been killed during the clash.

File photo of villagers clash with police in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola on Sunday, October 20, 2019 | Dhaka TribuneDhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Deputy Commissioner (Motijheel division) Anwar Hossain said that a large number of policemen had been deployed in the Baitul Mukarram area to avoid violence.

However, Islami Jubo Andolon staged their demo peacefully, he added.

What happened in Bhola

On Sunday, casualties occurred in Borhanuddin upazila when police opened fire to disperse a mob demanding punishment for Biplob Chandra Shuvo, who they believed was responsible for spreading offensive messages against Islam on Facebook Messenger app.

The day before the clash, Biplob had gone to Borhanuddin police station to file a general diary saying his Facebook account had been hacked. 

Later, police found that hackers had sent messages from Biplob’s account to several people on his friend list, asking them to tell him to pay money if he wanted his account back.

Police and locals said messages containing derogatory remarks about Allah and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) were sent to several individuals on Facebook from Biplob’s account. 

On the evening of that day the clash occurred, Borhanuddin police station Sub-Inspector (SI) Delwar Hossain filed a case against Biplob, and seven to eight unnamed others under the Digital Security Act.

Police also filed a case against 5,000 unnamed people over the attack on police during the clash.

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