News Desk :
At least 50 leaders and activists, including BNP’s Dhaka District General Secretary Nipun Roy, were injured in a clash erupted between Awami League (AL) and BNP men in Keraniganj.
The incident occurred at Zinjira in South Keraniganj on Friday morning.
Keraniganj Upazilla Awami League President and incumbent upazila Chairman Shaheen Ahmed said, “11-12 ruling party men were injured after BNP men carried out an attack on Keraniganj upazila Awami League office.”
He said some BNP men were holding a procession after Jumma prayer. While passing the Awami League local office, some participants from the procession entered the office premises and vandalised it.
Shaheen Ahmed claimed that: “The clash was orchestrated and supported by BNP leader Nipun Roy Chowdhury, who agitated the BNP members involved in the incident.”
The injured Awami League members received medical treatment at the Sir Salimullah Medical College and Hospital. Later, the police arrived at the scene and managed to bring the situation under control,” Shaheen Ahmed added.
Meanwhile, Mozadded Ali Babu, general secretary of Keraniganj police station unit of BNP, said the clash ensued when members of the ruling Awami League began throwing bricks at a public gathering, causing injuries to 16 BNP supporters including Nipun Roy.
She was taken to a private hospital for treatment, he added.
A BNP rally was scheduled to take place today at 11:00am in front of the Jinjira BNP office.
In order to join the rally, a procession organised by Jubo Dal was moving from the Jinjira Chatgaon area towards the rally venue. However, tension escalated between the leaders and activists of both sides when the procession reached the Awami League office of Dakshin Keraniganj Thana.
This led to a situation where both sides became agitated and began hurling bricks at each other, resulting in a chase and counter-chase.
Amidst the chaos, the distraught BNP leaders and activists attacked and vandalised the office of the Dakshin Keraniganj Thana Awami League.
Dhaka District Superintendent of Police MD Asaduzzaman said some BNP
men carried out an attack on the local office of the Awami League, throwing brick bats, following a clash with the ruling party men that resulted in several injuries.
However, he said the police were able to bring the situation under control.
As part of the ongoing anti-government movement, BNP was holding public gatherings in 18 districts and metropolitan areas of nine divisions of the country, including Dhaka Metropolitan South.
The BNP programme ended with the chief guest Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s speech. Law enforcement agencies were on high alert in the area.