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Police, locals clash in Tangail over arrest of drug trader

  • Published at 07:01 pm September 2nd, 2018
Tangail clash
A clash broke out between locals and police over arrest of a BNP-affiliated drug trader at Konabari Abongimor area of Gopalpur upazila, Tangail on Sunday, September 2, 2018 Abdullah Al Numan/Dhaka Tribune

The clashes took place in the Konabari Abongimor area of Gopalpur upazila

Locals in Tangail have clashed with police after a BNP-affiliated drug trader was arrested following a drive.

The clashes took place in the Konabari Abongimor area of Gopalpur upazila. 

During the clash, police fired 27 warning shots in order to disperse the crowd.

A total of 20 people, including six policemen, were injured. Police also detained two BNP supporters during the unrest. 

Gopalpur police station acting Officer-in-Charge (OC) Hasan Al Mamun told the Dhaka Tribune: “A drive in the Konabari area of Gopalpur resulted in the arrest of a BNP-affiliated drug dealer called Shafiqul Islam – who was in possession of 37 yaba tablets – under the Anti-Narcotics Act.

“People from Shafiqul’s area blocked roads Sunday morning and vandalized vehicles. When police intervened, the angry mob began throwing brickbats at them. Police fired 27 warning shots to bring the situation under control,” he added.

“Two of the injured policemen have been admitted to Gopalpur health complex, and two of the supporters of the arrestee have been detained. Police are in the process of filing cases against some members of the angry mob,” Mamun also said.

When asked about the matter, Gopalpur Municipality Mayor Rakibul Haque Sana said: “Shafiqul is a simple entrepreneur who owns a spice mill. When his friends and relatives went to visit him at Gopalpur police station, they had a verbal disagreement with the police, who later charged at them with batons. 

“During the melee, a 12-year-old girl sustained a fractured hand. When this information reached Konabari, locals became furious and organized an impromptu rally and blockade,” he said.

“Police fired shots to disperse the crowd, and later went into individual homes to conduct baton charges on innocent people,” the mayor added.