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BNP to hold countrywide protest today

Update : 08 Dec 2022, 11:09

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has announced to hold countrywide protest today (8 December) against the detention of several central leaders and hundreds of activists following the violence that started on December 7 when police tried to disperse the supporters who gathered outside the party office in Naya Paltan.

As the venue for the programme still not confirmed, police said the BNP planned a violent blockade instead of a rally as the law enforcers claimed to have recovered crude bombs, rice, water, lentils and firewood in and outside the party office in a raid after the clashes. 

Total 10 prison vans packed with opposition activists left the party office in the evening with sounds of sporadic firing from tear gas launchers and shotguns still being heard in the area.

At least 20 persons were brought to Dhaka Medical College Hospital during the clashes. One of them, Md Mokbul, a 32-year-old BNP supporter and artisan of shoes and clothing, died. Two others were admitted with shotgun pellets in their bodies while the rest left after getting first-aid.

Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir staged a sit-in outside the party office after being barred by the law enforcers from entering the headquarters, from where police claimed to have recovered crude bombs. 

He alleged the clashes and the subsequent raid were parts of a plan to foil their rally. “I think such brutal and tragic incidents cannot occur in a civilised country. 

The BNP postponed the special press conference that was scheduled to be held at a city hotel on Thursday at 3:30 pm.

BNP medical cell member Sayrul Kabir Khan said the fresh date and time of the press conference will be announced later.

Meanwhile, leaders and activists of the Awami League and its affiliated organizations have started to take positions in different areas of the capital today.

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