Bangladesh police stations attacked

2013-03-03 16:41
Bangladeshi activists and former freedom fighters who fought against Pakistan in the 1971 war shout slogans during a rally outside the International Crimes Tribunal court in central Dhaka. (Munir uz Zaman, AFP)

Bangladeshi activists and former freedom fighters who fought against Pakistan in the 1971 war shout slogans during a rally outside the International Crimes Tribunal court in central Dhaka. (Munir uz Zaman, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

kalahari.com

Dhaka - Bangladesh deployed troops in the north of the country after fresh clashes erupted on Sunday, taking the death toll to 73 in recent weeks of violence over the conviction of Islamist leaders for war crimes.

Seventeen people were killed in the latest bout of violence as Bangladesh's largest Islamic party declared a nationwide strike to denounce the trials over atrocities committed during the nation's bloody war for independence in 1971.

In the northern district of Bogra more than 10 000 supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami armed with sticks and home-made bombs attacked 12 police stations, torching four of them and two other government offices, police said.

"They came from the villages and attacked the stations at dawn. Eight people were killed in Bogra district including four who were killed in Shahjahanpur [town]," district deputy police chief Syed Abu Sayem told AFP.

Troops have been deployed in the worst-affected Shahjahanpur to strengthen security, he said.

Four people were shot dead in the northwestern town of Panchbibi after security officials opened fire at about 12 000 protesters, district chief Mohammad Yasin said

"The forces fired after they were besieged by the protesters for about two hours. They were armed with sticks, machetes and home-made sharp weapons," he told AFP.

The death toll in the clashes over the war crimes verdicts has risen to 73 since the first was announced on 21 January, police said, including 57 killed in the four days since Jamaat's vice president was sentenced to death.

Delwar Hossain Sayedee was on Thursday found guilty of murder, religious persecution and rape during the 1971 war against Pakistan. The sentence triggered violent clashes across the country between rampaging Jamaat supporters and police.

Nationwide strikes

The 73-year-old firebrand preacher was the third person to be convicted by the war crimes tribunal. Jamaat, the nation's largest Islamic party, says the process is more about settling scores than delivering justice.

The party called for two days of nationwide strikes starting on Sunday to protest the verdicts and the killing of its activists by police.

Security was tight in the capital Dhaka with around 10 000 police on patrol and shops and schools were closed. Inter-city motorways and roads in Dhaka and the port city of Chittagong were empty.

The latest clashes were also fuelled by rumours that images of Sayedee's face seemed to reflect off the surface of the moon, leading many Islamists to assert that he was innocent, inspector Shamsul Haq of Bogra told AFP.

"Some imams have used this rumour to mobilise villagers against police," he said, with some reports saying the rumours had triggered clashes in several towns.

The United States and United Nations have appealed for calm while the New York-based Human Rights Watch has asked the government and Jamaat to act urgently to stem further acts of violence.

On Saturday minority groups appealed to the government for increased security after a series of attacks on Hindu temples and houses by Jamaat supporters, in which one Hindu man was killed. Jamaat denied they were behind the attacks.

An inter-city train was torched, allegedly by protesters, late on Saturday.

The war crimes trials of a dozen leaders from Jamaat and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party have opened old wounds and divided the nation, with the opposition accusing the government of staging a witch-hunt.

The government, which says the war claimed three million lives, rejects the claims and accuses Jamaat leaders of being part of pro-Pakistani militias blamed for much of the carnage during the war.

Independent estimates put the death toll from the war in which Bangladesh won independence from Pakistan at between 300 000 and 500 000.

Read more on:    bangladesh  |  religion
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Fashion
 

6 life hacks you simply have to know

A few simple tricks can make your life so much easier!

 
 

For chic geeks...

Device lets disabled people talk through their nose
It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
This is why you should install iOS 8
17 photo illusions that look so real

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It may feel like you are treading water and going nowhere fast. You may want to get off the merry go round. By pushing yourself...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.