12:00 AM, February 17, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, February 17, 2013

Jamaat men fight with cops in Sylhet

40 injured; Patuakhali Jamaat office vandalised

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Staff Correspondent, Sylhet

At least 40 people were injured, two of them bullet-hit, as activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir clashed with police in Sylhet yesterday.
Twelve policemen were also among the injured.
Against such backdrop, the government yesterday decided to deploy four platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh at different strategic points of the district town from Sunday 6:00am, Lt Col Shafiul Azam, commanding officer of BGB-5 battalion confirmed.
Meanwhile, of the two bullet-hit Shibir activists, condition of Ali Asgar Khan alias Rahat was stated to be critical. Rahat, a student of accounting at Madan Mohan (MC) College, was airlifted to Dhaka from Osmani Medical College Hospital, Sylhet.
Sadik Ahmed, the other wounded Shibir activist from the same college, received bullet in his leg, said police and party activists. He was admitted to a local clinic.
Twenty others with minor injuries were under treatment at different hospitals, said Sylhet city unit Jamaat Assistant Secretary Fakhrul Islam.
Police had to fire around 50 gunshots and teargas canisters during the nearly 25-minute clash, said Abdullah Al Azad Chowdhury, additional commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.
Azad said the clash ensued around 11:45am when over 250 activists of Jamaat and Shibir brought out a procession from Chouhatta and faced police resistance.
They were protesting against the deaths of three Jamaat-Shibir men killed in Cox's Bazar during a gun battle with police on Friday. Fifty people including a number of policemen were injured during the clash.
As yesterday's procession reached Naya Sarak, some 400 feet off Chouhatta, police barred the Jamaat-Shibir men, Azad added.
Infuriated by the police resistance, unruly Jamaat-Shibir men hurled brick chips at the law enforcers, forcing the police to retaliate to dislodge them, he said.
Meanwhile, the Barisal unit Nayeb-e-Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami was arrested from Port Road area in the city yesterday afternoon, reports our Barisal correspondent.
Officer-in-Charge of Kotwali Police Station Shakhawat Hossain said they had arrested Bazlur Rahman Bachchu in a case filed with the police station in connection with January 25 attacks on police.
A group of people ransacked the Baufal upazila unit office of Jamaat yesterday morning, reports our Patuakhali correspondent.
Local Jamaat leaders said some people from a procession of Bangladesh Chhatra League, associate student body of ruling Awami League, attacked the office and set some files on fire.
Naresh Chandra Karmaker, officer-in-charge of Baufal police, however said unidentified people attacked and set fire to the Jamaat office.

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