The port city turned into a virtual battle field as BCL activists locked into clash with police over holding a protest rally centring construction of a Swimming Pool at Outer Stadium in the district, Agencies report.
15 policemen and at least 50 activists of the ruling party’s student wing, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), have been injured as the party activists clashed with police in Chittagong while demanding a halt to construction work of the Chittagong Outer Stadium Swimming Pool.
They were injured when police resorted to baton charge to disperse the ‘unruly’ BCL activists. Several policemen were injured in the clash that lasted for around 45 minutes.
The clash occurred around 4:30 pm on Tuesday during a blockade and rally organised by BCL at the port city’s Kazir Dewri intersection.
Several cars were also vandalised at that time. The BCL activists were eventually dispersed after police began to use shotguns loaded with scatter bullets.
“ Fifteen of our members were hurt with one receiving bullet injuries during the clash” said Kotwali OC told this correspondent. Preparations are afoot to file a case in this regard, he added.
“Two BCL activists were shot and at least 50 others injured,” said Chittagong Metropolitan BCL General Secretary Nurul Azim Rony. “We have been protesting to save the playground,” he told reporters. “Our protest was announced in advance. But police attacked us unjustly.”
He demanded that immediate action should be taken against police ‘perpetrators