Dhaka – At least four people have been killed and score others injured after police fired bullets on procession organized to protest a controversial Facebook post that apparently hurt the Muslim sentiment, police said on Sunday.
The lawmen initially fired teargas to disperse a mob of several thousand people in southern town of Burhanuddin in Bhola district demanding punishment of a Hindu man believed to have posted the controversial comment on Facebook involving Prophet Muhammad and Islam.
But the police had to fire rubber bullets when the rowdy mob went beyond control leaving many people wounded. Two of them died on the scene when two others died at Bhola Sadar hospital, a physician said.
Officer Sarkar Mohammad Kaiser sound not confirm the identity of the deceased.
Additional police and paramilitary troopers from Border Guard Bangladesh were deployed to avert further escalation of the situation.
Local residents, mostly conservative Muslims, brought out the procession after Biplob Chandra Shuvo, a Hindu man, allegedly undermined the prophet Muhammad and his youngest girl on Facebook post on Saturday.
But the angry Muslims tried to break into the office of local administration and police. The incident of firing happened at that time. The injured, also included members of the police force, are undergoing treatment at different hospitals.
A Local resident who goes by the name Md Rayhan Khan Tamim on his Facebook post called the people to demand execution of person for being such ‘arrogance’.
“This beast has condemned our prophet and his daughter Fatima by name… Let the almighty compel the judges to hang this person,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Police on Saturday detained the Hindu man when he went to file a complaint that his Facebook account was hacked.