Activists of banned militant outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid clashed with locals in Purbo Shalbon area of Rangpur city Thursday night, injuring at least 15 people from both of the sides.
Police fired three rounds of gunshots, ten rounds of rubber bullets and charged baton on them.
Around 23 persons were held on the spot.
Md Abdul Qader Jilani, officer-in-charge of Rangpur Kotwali Police Station, said the Tawhid men had been continuing their organisational activities for 20 days from a rented house.
They distributed leaflets and jihadi books along with a daily, the “Desher Patra” among the people, he said.
One Afzal Hossain claimed that they were spreading divisive remarks about Islam through the books and leaflets.
On information about the remarks, local elite asked them to stop their activities which the Tawhid men defied, the OC said.
The clash erupted around 10:00pm when locals prohibited them from holding a meeting in the house.
During the clash, Tawhid activists attacked the locals with sharp weapons.