Panic gripped residents of Segunbagicha in the capital on Wednesday night when activists of two associate bodies of the ruling Awami League -- Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Swechchhasebak League -- locked in clashes for about an hour and a half.
At least two persons were injured in chase and counter chase that started with an altercation over installing a sign near Segunbagicha kitchen market, locals said.
Around 10:30pm, activists of Swechchhasebak League were resisted and chased away by BCL men when the former tried to put the sign up.
Swechchhasebak League activists soon regrouped and came back to the spot about 20 minutes later. They attacked the BCL activists who had driven them away before.
A local said he heard several gunshot sounds and chanting of slogans against “Jamaat-Shibir” while the chase and counter-chase were going on.
During the counter-attack, two people were injured and several motorbikes were vandalised, said a police official, requesting no to be named.
However, he did not confirm whether any gunshot was fired.
Around 11:30pm, soon after the Swechchhasebak League men left the scene for the second time, no less than 200 activists of BCL took control of the area.
Tension among residents heightened in the area as BCL activists, till midnight, kept roaming the streets in processions, chanting slogans.
Contacted, Ramna Police Station Officer-in-Charge Zane Alam Munshi told this correspondent last evening that clashes took place in the area on Wednesday night, but he was not aware of any further details.
No one was arrested and no case was filed in this connection till filing of this report around 7:00pm yesterday evening.