1 killed, 50 hurt in Bhola BNP-police clash

The leaders and activists of BNP gathered in front of their district party office

A man was killed and 50 people including policemen were injured in a clash between BNP activists and police during the party’s protest rally at Kalinath Roy Bazar in Sadar upazila of Bhola district on Sunday.

The deceased was identified as Abdur Rahim, an activist of BNP.

As part of BNP’s demonstration program, the leaders and activists of the party gathered in front of their district party office on Sunday morning.

At one stage, police obstructed them when they tried to stage demonstrations at Kalinath Roy Bazar at around 11:30am, said Additional Superintendent of Bhola Police Farhad Sardar.

The leaders and activists pelted brickbats targeting police, prompting them to fire bullets and lobbed teargas shells, triggering a clash that left one dead, he said.

Humayun Kabir Shopan, joint secretary of District unit BNP, said:

 “A BNP activist identified as Abdur Rahim was killed in police firing.”

Additional police have been deployed in the area to avert further trouble. A tense situation has been prevailing in the area following the clash.

BNP on July 26 announced three-day demonstrations across the country to protest against the ongoing load-shedding and mismanagement in the power and energy sector.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the program at a press conference at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office.