Protest against price hike: BNP men clash with cops in Savar

Law enforcers allegedly obstructed BNP men from bringing out a procession

Over a dozen of BNP activists were injured in a clash with police on the Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Savar on Wednesday as the law enforcers allegedly obstructed them from bringing out a procession to protest the growing prices of commodities.

Former lawmaker and BNP leader Dewan Mohammad Salauddin said when the procession, which was brought out from his residence around 11am, reached Dhaka-Aricha highway police dispersed the BNP men.

Police resorted to baton charge on the BNP leaders and activists when they tried to hold a sit-in program in front of Rangaban Nursery, alleged the BNP leader.

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BNP leaders Khandaker Shah Mainul Hossain Biltu and Jahangir Alam were among the injured, he said.

Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Savar police, said two policemen were injured as BNP activists threw brickbats on them.

Police detained two BNP activists and a case will be filed, the OC added.

Earlier, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that Awami League is increasing the prices of commodities and utility services through forming a syndicate. “The government has no interest in controlling commodity prices as they are busy in suppressing the opposition party.”

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On February 24, BNP and its associate bodies worked out an 11-day countrywide programme, including demonstrations, to protest the growing price hike of key commodities and utility services.

The programmes were also taken to push for the party’s demand for the sale of necessary commodities by the government at fair prices at the upazila level.

Beginning on February 26, the programmes will continue until March 15.