The altercation took place in the Baitul Mukarram area in Dhaka on Friday afternoon
At least 50 people, including several journalists, were injured in a clash between a group of protesters and police in the Baitul Mukarram area in the city on Friday afternoon.
Among the injured journalists are Eshtiak Emon of Ekattor TV, Amran Hossain and Probir Das of The Daily Star, M Jahangir Alam of UNB and Dipon Dewan of BanglaVision. Both Jahangir and Dipon were shot as police fired rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.
The wounded people were taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) for treatment, said Inspector Md Bachchu Mia, in-charge of the DMCH police outpost.
The protesters, members of various Islamist organizations, launched a fresh demonstration after Jumma prayers on Friday, protesting the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh.
Modi arrived in Dhaka in the morning on a two-day visit to join the twin celebrations of the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the Golden Jubilee of Bangladesh’s Independence. It is Modi's first visit outside India since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The protesters tried to bring out a procession from the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, chanting anti-Modi slogans, after the Jumma prayers, when a team of police intervened, according to media reports.
The altercation turned violent as police baton-charged on the protesters to stop them. The protesters, in retaliation, hurled brickbats at the law enforcement officials.
The situation escalated quickly and the police fired several rounds of tear gas shells to bring the situation under control.
A group of men wearing helmets and armed with sticks were also seen at the scene, locking in a clash with the anti-Modi protesters.
Aiming to prevent any untoward incident, additional police were stationed in the Baitul Mukarram area since Friday morning.
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On Thursday, at least 20 people, including two journalists, were injured when Chhatra League men reportedly carried out multiple attacks on anti-Modi protesters at Dhaka University (DU).
Also, earlier in day, another 20 people, including seven law enforcers, were injured and 32 were detained in a clash between the police and demonstrators in Dhaka's Motijheel area during anti-Modi protests.
Our DMCH correspondent Aminul Islam Babu contributed to this report