Five cops injured and as many detained as procession taken out from Baitul Mukarram mosque attack police
At least five policemen have been injured, when a procession taken out from the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after the Friday prayers attacked law enforcers in Dhaka.
Soon after the procession, taken out protesting the alleged dishonour of Islam in Comilla, reached at the Kakrail intersection, the protester started to hurl brickbats as the police obstructed them.
Witnesses said a large number of devotees came out from the national mosque after the Jum’a prayers chanting slogans against desecration of the Holy Quran.
The procession marched through the Paltan crossing and Bijoynagar intersection, and the proceeded towards Kakrail Nightingale crossing.
As police tried to intercept the procession at the Nightingale crossing, they threw brickbats at the law enforcers.
Police charged batons and lobbed teargas shells triggering a chase-and-counter-chase between the devotees and the cops.
As the clash spilled over to Bijoynagar crossing, police used water-cannons and fired blank shots. According to witnesses, several people, including a photojournalist were injured in the brick attack.
Assistant Commissioner Mohammad Bayzid Ur Rahman of the police’s Ramna Zone, said that he along with four other officials received injuries in the clash.
However, the situation is now under control, said the official, adding, "Five people were held from the spot."
Additional police and members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been deployed to avoid any untoward situation.
Traffic on the road, which was halted during the clash, resumed around 2.30pm after additional forcers arrived at the scene.