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8 detained from Jamaat’s impromptu procession in Rangpur

  • Protesters insisted on demonstrating at any cost
  • They chanted various anti-government slogans
  • City-wide operation to apprehend other individuals ongoing
Update : 05 Aug 2023, 08:25 PM

Police have detained eight Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami activists in Rangpur as they brought out an impromptu procession in the City Bazar area on Saturday afternoon. 

Confirming the matter, Rangpur Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner (Crime) Utpal Ray said the activists of Jamaat-e-Islami Rangpur city unit initiated a protest march without obtaining the necessary permission. 

The Rangpur Metropolitan Jamaat, having not obtained permission to organize processions and assemblies in the city, declared they would carry out protests on Saturday at any cost, said Utpal Ray.

In the afternoon, leaders and activists of Jamaat started impromptu protest marches from the Sadar Hospital Mosque, City Bazaar Mosque, and a broken mosque next to the City Bazaar. 

Chanting various anti-government slogans, the two marches merged, he said.

Police intervened as the protest arrived in front of the city corporation office and detained eight Jamaat men, he added. 

“The sudden protest was an attempt by Jamaat to create unrest, but the police were successful in disrupting the march,” said the additional deputy commissioner. 

“A city-wide operation is ongoing to apprehend other individuals involved in the march,” he added. 

However, he was unable to immediately provide the names of the detained individuals.

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