At least 10 people were injured as police charged batons on a human chain today in Barguna. The human chain was formed demanding the release of Shahedul Islam Sifat, who was arrested when Major (retd) Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan was shot dead by police in Cox's Bazar.
Witnesses said Sifat's classmates formed a human chain at college road area in his home town of Bamna upazila town around 12noon.
A team of police led by Elias Hossain, officer-in-charge of Bamna Police Station, reached the spot and reportedly snatched the programme banner and placards. At one stage, the lawmen reportedly charged batons, leaving 10 participants injured, they said.
The injured were given treatment local hospitals.
Rubel, who was injured in the police action, said "I participated in the human chain. Police snatched our banners and placards. Even then we were peacefully carrying out the programme. Later, the OC of Bamna Police Station came and charged baton.
"The police had branded us as miscreants for forming a human chain demanding Sifat's release. Sifat's grandfather Ayub Ali Hawladar also took part in the programme. Police have threatened him as well," he said.
Bamna OC Elias Hossain said, "I came to know that a group of miscreants had formed a human chain without our permission. I stopped the demonstration saying that the image of the government will be tarnished."
On July 31, Teknaf police shot dead an ex-army major Sinha Mohammad Rashed Khan, who was producer of a travel documentary.
Three students -- Shipra, Shahedul Islam Sifat and Tahsin Rifat Nur -- of Stamford University's Film and Media Studies department were with Sinha at the time.
Later, Shipra and Sifat, third-year students, were sent to jail and Rifat, a final-year student, was handed over to his guardians.