Narayanganj fire: Police foil human chain during 'strict lockdown' demanding justice for victims
Police today foiled a human chain formed by Ganasamhati Andolon in Narayanganj city, demanding justice for the 51 victims, who died in the fire at a food factory building in Narayanganj's Rupganj.
Eight people, including leaders and activists of the organisation, were injured during a scuffle as police snatched the banner from demonstrators, reports our Narayanganj correspondent from the spot.
Witnesses said when the human chain started around 4:30pm, a police team led by Inspector (Operation) Kazi Masud of Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station, stopped the programme.
Ignoring the obstacle, the protestors continued the programme but other members of the police rushed to the spot and snatched the banner from them, triggering a scuffle.
Police drove them away from the spot, added the witnesses.
Talking to reporters, Ganasamhati Andolon's Narayanganj district coordinator Tariqul Sujan, said they began a brief rally taking permission from the administrative officials. Even after that, police stopped them and at one stage and snatched their banner.
Shah Zaman, officer-in-charge (OC) of Narayanganj Sadar Model Police, told The Daily Star that police prohibited them from holding the programme during the strict lockdown but they continued anyway.
The OC also said, besides, they did not take any permission for the programme. That is why they have been barred. However, no one was beaten.