According to a police official, at least four people were killed in Chittagong, Bangladesh, on Friday (Mar 26), when police fired rubber bullets at demonstrators during a demonstration against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit.
“We had to use tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them as they entered a police station and committed widespread vandalism,” police officer Rafiqul Islam said.
Hefazat-e-Islam, a hardline Islamist group, was responsible for four of those killed. “We’ve got four bodies here,” says the narrator. “They’ve all been shot,” said a police officer at Chittagong’s Medical College Hospital.
At least four other protesters were seriously wounded, according to the police inspector, who did not say who opened fire.
According to an official, up to 1,500 Hefazat-e-Islam supporters stormed the police station, shouting anti-Modi slogans. Police opened fire on “peaceful” protesters, according to the group’s spokesperson. “A total of 5,000 people turned up to demonstrate. They were all followers of Hefazat-e-Islam, and the bulk of them were students. They were protesting Modi’s visit to Dhaka as well as police actions against demonstrators “he said
Aside from Hefazat-e-Islam, many Bangladeshis have been protesting against Modi’s visit in recent days.
Pro-government student activists allegedly beat dozens of anti-Modi student demonstrators at the prestigious state-run Dhaka University on Thursday evening.