40 hurt in BCL factional clash over PM's birthday celebration
At least 40 people, including six policemen, were injured in a clash between factions of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) over celebration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's birthday in Madaripur on Saturday.
Among the injured, 11 were sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital.
The clash took place at Government Nazimuddin University College at noon on Saturday.
Local sources said two BCL groups-- one backed by Shipping Minister Shahjahan Khan MP and another pro-Awami League central organizing secretary Bahauddin Nasim-- have been at loggerhead in the district for long over committee formation.
The Nasim-backed group brought a rally at noon on occasion of Awami League president Sheikh Hasina's 73rd birth anniversary. At the same time, pro-Shahjahan Khan group also brought out rally.
Soon after, the both groups locked into altercation that turned into chase and counter chase. Agitated leaders and activists started hurling brick-bats towards each other.
Being informed, police rushed to the spot and fire rubber bullets to ease the situation.
The BCL unit vice-president and Shahjahan Khan's son Asibur Rahman, and the unit BCL president and Nasim's follower Zahid Hossain Anik blamed each other for the incident.
Additional Superintendent of Madaripur Police Badrul Alam Molla said additional police have been deployed to avoid further untoward situation.