by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
At least three people have been killed and scores others wounded in clashes between the protesters and the lawmen in eastern Brahmanbaria during a nationwide strike called by a radical Islamist group on Sunday.
The rowdy activists of the Hefazat-e-Islami Bangladesh along with local goons set fire to a number of government offices, police station and a railway station in the district.
They blocked train tracks and highways, and set on fire passenger buses and other vehicles, attacked temples and a music school in the district, according to police.
Police fired their guns when the mob attacked a police station in Sarail sub-district of Brahmanbaria leaving three persons dead. Many others were wounded and were being treated at local hospitals, Ariful Haq Mridul, the upazila nirbahi officer of the sub-district said.
He said the administration was trying to hold discussions with the local leaders of the Hefazat as the protest took heavy toll in the district in the past three days.
The Islamist group called the general strike to denounce previous violence during its protest on Friday against the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Indian premier visited Bangladesh to join the country’s golden jubilee celebration of independence and left Dhaka for New Delhi, wrapping up his two-day official visit.
Five people were shot dead killed in Brahmanbaria on Saturday as the unruly Hefazat activists who are students of local Madrassa vandalized government establishments. Five other were killed on Friday – one in Brahmanbaria and four others in Chattogram.
The Hefazat protests Hindu nationalist Modi’s Bangladesh visit over his reported role in the 2002 riot in Gujrat where more than 1,000 Muslims were killed in a communal riot.
The protesters on Sunday also vandalized and set vehicles to fire in Narayanganj, Narsingdhi, Kishoreganj and northern Rajshahi. They also brought out processions in the capital Dhaka, but that was largely peaceful.