Bangladesh death toll rises to 57, clashes continue

Niticentral Staff | Mar 02, 2013

Bangladesh: Death toll rises to 45, Hindu houses torched

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LIVE! Bangladesh death toll rises to 47, Jamaat-police clashes continue

Bangladeshi Hindus wave black flags as they march through a street to protest against alleged attacks by Jamaat-e-Islami activists in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Saturday, March 2, 2013. Rioting broke out in Bangladesh on Thursday after a war crimes tribunal gave a death sentence to Delawar Hossain Sayedee, a Jamaat-e-Islami leader, for atrocities linked to the country’s 1971 independence war. A banner held by the protesters reads: “Protest against attacks.” (AP Photo by Pavel Rahman)

At least three people were killed in clashes between Jamaat-e-Islami activists and Awami League activists & the police in Bangladesh, as the death toll from the deadly riots rose to 57 since Thursday, a Daily Star report said.

At least three people were killed and hundreds were injured in attacks on law enforcement officials and ruling party men on Friday by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, the report said.

On Saturday, a man was killed and 10 others were injured in a gunfight between Jamaat activists and police in Satkania upazila of Chittagong. Jamaat activists also vandalised two hospitals, four vehicles and a petrol pump in Comilla town, the report said.

According to witnesses at the scene, men belonging to Jamaat, and its student wing, Shibir, started throwing brick chips and vandalised two local hospitals, four vehicles and a petrol pump early on Saturday.

Jamaat-Shibir have wreaked havoc in the country since Thursday when a war crimes tribunal sentenced Jamaat vice president to death for crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War, according to the report.

Early on Saturday, unidentified miscreants set fire to a Hindu temple and houses of two Hindu Awami League men in different parts of Morelganj upazila in Bagerhat, the report said.

Sources say the temple was set fire by members of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, an ally of the Jamaat.

 LIVE! Bangladesh death toll rises to 47, clashes continue

Bangladeshi military forces drive across a car which stands in flames after Jamaat activists set it on fire during a protest in Dhaka on Saturday.(AP Photo)

On Friday night, detectives arrested five students of North South University (NSU) for their alleged involvement in the killing of Shahbag blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar, who was found stabbed in Dhaka’s Mirpur area on February 15, a report said.

Haidar, a Shahbagh movement activist, was found stabbed dead near his residence in the city’s Mirpur area on February 15.

Also on Friday, Jamaat-Shibir activists blocked highways, threw brick chips at police, vandalised vehicles and roadside shops, and removed railway sleepers disrupting rail commutation, according to the report.

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(Source: Daily Star)

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