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Feb 24

Violence at half day hartal in Pabna on 23rd Feb

Jamaat-e-Islami had called for a half day hartal at Pabna in Bangladesh to protest the vandalism of its offices a day earlier. Two people were killed by police fire and 40 including 18 policemen were injured when law enforcers fired on processions of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir activists in Pabna on Saturday. Two more seriously injured by police fire at the clashes were transferred to Rajshahi Medical College for treatment.

The deceased were Jamaat activists, said Abu Taleb Mondol, secretary general of district Jamaat unit. Son of Shamsher Ali, Alal Hossain, 18, hailed from Dharmagram village in the upazila while son of Abdul Kuddus, Sirajul Islam, 23, hailed from Monohorpur in Pabna.

The clashes occurred at 8 am at the Pabna – Dhaka Highway when pro-hartal activists were obstructed by police and security forces. Police fired rubber bullets and tear shells indiscriminately into the crowd in response to the bricks thrown at them, leaving 2 dead instantly.  

In other news a person was burned to death and 11 injured in vandalism of a computer shop by pro-Shahbag Awami League and Chatro League activists at Tangail on the same day. The name of the computer shop was Cosmos Computer systems. The law of the Almighty was final in its verdict. The deceased was a member of the Chatro League itself and was identified to be Sumon Saha (27), son of late Modon Mohan Sarker of the City Babystand Area. Among the injured are the City Chatroleague Vice President Shohid Siddik. They had vandalized the business by dousing the place with petrol and burning it to ashes. News had also come out of several Islami Bank branches being vandalized by ruling party activists all over the country.