At least 20 people, including law enforcers and journalists, were injured as police and BNP activists clashed in Natore this morning.
The injured have been taken to Natore Sadar Hospital, reports quoting Mohsin, superintendent of Natore police (Sadar circle).
BNP leaders and activists staged a protest in front of the party’s district office in Alaipur around 10:00 am demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia and permission for her to go abroad for treatment.
They were holding the programme by blocking the road, said SP Mohsin. Mansur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Natore Sadar Police Station, went there to remove the road blockade but BNP leaders and activists insulted him, he said.
“Police dispersed them by charging batons to remove the road blockade. But soon they regrouped and attacked the police, forcing retaliation,” he added.
The clash erupted when police arrived and interrupted the programme, claimed Ruhul Kuddus Talukdar, district BNP chairman.
“Police attacked our peaceful programme without any provocation,” he said.
At least 20 people, including OC Mansur Rahman and Shahidul Islam, district correspondent of Dainik Jugantar, were injured as BNP activists threw brick chips, the SP also said.
Police fired tear shells to bring the situation under control, he added.