60, including 2 Star photojournalists, injured as protesters clash with police in Baitul Mukarram area
At least 60 people, including two photojournalists of The Daily Star, were injured in a clash between police and demonstrators who tried to bring out a procession after Jummah prayer at Dhaka's Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area today.
A journalist of Ekattor TV, a private television channel, was also among the injured.
Immediately after Jummah, many demonstrators started chanting slogans against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's arrival in Dhaka near the south gate of the mosque, prompting police to fire rubber bullets and charge batons on them, reports UNB.
The Daily Star's photojournalists on duty -- Amran Hossain and Prabir Das -- were seriously injured in the clash. They are receiving treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Prabir's arm has been fractured while Amran has sustained a head injury.
UNB correspondent M Jahangir Alam was hit by a rubber bullet.
All the injured were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Several left the hospital taking primary treatment, our staff correspondent reports.
DMCH Police Outpost In-Charge Bachchu Mia also confirmed it.
Two motorcycles were also burnt in front of the south gate of the national mosque.
Paltan Police Station Officer-in-Charge Abu Bakkar Siddique told The Daily Star, "None was arrested in this connection. Several police members were also injured during the clash but the number could not be known."
No case was filed in this regard, the OC added.