Dhaka: 4 killed, numerous more injured in protests in Bangladesh

March 27, 2021 | Updated 9:38 am

Dhaka: 4 killed, numerous more injured in protests in Bangladesh Riot Representational Photo - (Photo Courtesy: ANI)

New Delhi: At least four people died in Bangladesh after a clash with police in the Hathazari area on the outskirts of the seaport city Chattogram Friday afternoon, Alauddin Talukdar, an official of Chattogram Medical College Hospital, told reports.

He said on-duty doctors declared the four people dead when they were brought from Hathazari, where activists of religious group Hefazat-e-Islam fought with law enforcers for hours in protest of a foreign leader’s visit.

Violence in Chattogram and elsewhere in the country left streets in flames and continued to escalate, leaving scores of others injured.

At least 50 people, including two journalists, were reportedly injured as a clash broke out between a group of protesters and a team of police in the Baitul Mukarram National Masjid area here on Friday afternoon.

Additional law enforcement personnel were deployed Friday in Dhaka to strengthen surveillance especially in the diplomatic areas following days of clashes in Dhaka.

This happened on the day when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bangladesh to take part in the country’s 50th Independence Day celebrations, his first foreign visit since the COVID-19 outbreak. Prime Minister Modi left for Dhaka at 07:45 am earlier on Friday and was received by his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina at the airport.

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During the trip to Bangladesh, PM Modi will hold talks with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina and they are likely to sign a Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) between the two countries.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister Momen on Thursday said the people of Bangladesh welcome the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The two nations are celebrating Mujib Borsho or the birth centenary of Bangladesh’s father of the nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 50 years of diplomatic ties and 50 years of Bangladesh’s war of liberation. On March 26, 1971, Bangladesh was proclaimed as an independent nation by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and this led to Bangladesh Liberation War when a guerilla war ensued between Pakistan and Bangladesh liberation forces with Indian support.

(With Xinhua inputs)