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Jamaat-Shibir's showdown in Motijheel, 2 held

  • Taken position at Arambagh intersection
  • Procession began 9am
Update : 28 Oct 2023, 11:29 AM

Though Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) did not give permission to Jamaat-e-Islami to hold its rally, leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir on Saturday took to the streets, determined to ensure the success of their pre-announced program, demanding the fall of the government.

However, when the activists attempted to assemble at Shapla Chattor, the police intervened, dispersing the crowd and detaining two individuals.

The police charged batons at the party's leaders and activists who came to attend the rally called by Jamaat-e-Islami.

Police disperse leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir as they take position to the streets, demanding the fall of the government, at Arambagh intersection in Dhaka on Saturday, October 28, 2023. Photo: Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

On Saturday morning, as Jamaat-e-Islami members gathered on Arambagh street, shouting slogans, the police used batons to disperse the crowd.

In a statement issued on Friday, Jamaat-e-Islami's acting ameer and former MP Professor Mujibur Rahman urged for the success of the party's planned general meeting on Saturday and demanded that the government be compelled to conduct the 12th national parliament election under a caretaker government.

Starting from Arambagh in Motijheel at around 9am on Saturday, a procession moved towards Arambagh after a showdown at Fakirapul intersection.

Subsequently, they advanced to the Fakirapool Kachabazar area, led by Shibir's Dhaka Metropolitan North leader Feroz Alam Jafri.

Presently, they have taken position at Arambagh intersection.

Joint Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Biplob Kumar Sarkar on Thursday said that there is no way to allow Jamaat-e-Islami to hold a rally at Shapla Chattar in the city on October 28.

"Zero tolerance for rally by Jamaat-e-Islami. They won't be allowed to hold meetings in Dhaka city. To curb public sufferings, the DMP has requested Awami League and BNP to look alternative places for their public meetings instead of streets," he told journalists at his office.

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