50 injured as KNM, police clash at Uttara
By Staff Reporter
Fri, 23 Jun 2006, 10:31:00
Thousands of supporters and activists of Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (KNM, B) yesterday locked in a fierce clash with the law enforcers near the Zia International Airport (ZIA) at Uttara in the city centering the gherao of Nadda Qadiani Mosque leaving over 50 people injured.
Of the injured the condition of eight to ten KNM, B activists, including Hafez Kawsar, Abul Basher, Abdus Sattar, Taufiq, Helal, Emdad and Muslim, were serious.
Protesting the police attack, the KNM, B called a 36-hour non-stop hartal in northern part of Dhaka city comprising Uttara, Airport, Khilkhet and Tongi police stations from 6:00am on Sunday.
KNM, B Ameer Maulana Noor Hossain Nurani announced the programme following the clash.
He also threatened that they would announce a programme to lay siege at the ZIA if the government do not take decision to declare Qadiani community in Bangladesh as non-Muslims by Thursday next.
As part of the programme, the KNM, B will hold a rally at ZIA square this afternoon protesting the incident.
Eyewitness and police sources said several thousand activists and musallies gathered at the north gate of Ashkona Haji Camp mosque after Juma prayer to gherao a Qadiani mosque located at Taltola of Naddapara at Uttara yesterday.
After the rally, they attempted to march towards the Masjid-e-Baitul Huda Muslim Jamaat. But, the law enforcers resisted them in front of East Ashkona Community Centre. The KNM, B leaders and activists stayed there till 5:30pm.
At a stage police went on action on the KNM, B activists while they were preparing to pray their asr prayer. Within a moment the surrounding areas of ZIA turned into a battlefield as thousands of KNM activists and the law enforcers locked into clashes that lasted for at least an hour.
KNM, B activists damaged at least 10 vehicles leading to suspension of transport movement on the airport road during the clash.
At least 50 platoons of police along with 11 special teams of the intelligence agencies and RAB were deployed in the area since in the morning to control the situation.
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