50 injured in Kishoreganj clashes during Hefajat hartal
Around 50 people, including 10 policemen, were injured in separate clashes in Kishoreganj town during the dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by Hefajat-e Islam today.
Activists of Hefajat-e-Islam attacked an Awami League office at town's Station Road area this noon, reports our Mymensingh correspondent quoting ruling party men.
Awami League leaders alleged that Hefajat activists also damaged the signboard and furniture of the office and torched those.
Activists of Hefajat-e-Islam, AL and its front organisations locked in separate clashes in the town's Station Road, Shaheedi Mosque, Ekrampur and Atharabari Kachari areas that continued for two hours, leaving some 50 persons injured, said police quoting locals.
Police lobbed teargas shells and fired blank shots to disperse the clashing groups, witnesses said.
The injured included district Jubo League's convener Aminul Islam, district BCL president Anwar Hossain, its secretary Fayez Osman and publicity secretary of Kishoreganj Imam Ulama Parishad Maulana KM Nazimuddin.
President of Kishoreganj AL MA Aafzal said some 23 party men were injured in the attack by Hefajat-e-Islam and they were admitted to Kishoreganj General Hospital.
Terming AL responsible for the clashes, local Hefajat leader Maulana Shafiqur Rahman Jalalabadi said they had asked their supporters not to engage in any clashes.
Contacted, police Superintendent of Kishoreganj Md Masrukur Rahman said additional personnel of police, BGB and Rab have been deployed in the district to avert further untoward incidents.
Ten policemen, including officer-in-charge of Kishoreganj Sadar Police Station Abu Bakar Siddiq, were injured in the clashes and they were given first aid.
He also said they had to lob teargas shells and fire blank shots to bring the situation under control.