Police charge baton on BNP leaders and activists in Khulna
News Desk || shiningbd
Police have thwarted a BNP rally organized in Khulna by its district unit demanding release of Khaleda Zia and her treatment abroad.
On Monday afternoon, BNP leaders and activists began a gathering in front of the district party office, and within minutes, they were subjected to a baton charge.
Fifteen people including Nazrul Islam Manju, president of the Khulna city unit of BNP, were injured.
Police also detained four people at the time, confirmed Khulna Sadar police OC Hasan Al Mamun.
He said police fired six rounds of tear shell to disperse the crowd from gathering in front of the BNP district party office and blocking the road.
The situation was currently under control, added the police officer.
The injured BNP leaders and activists were admitted to Khulna General Hospital and Khulna Medical College Hospital.
Debabrata Roy, chief photo journalist of the local daily Janmobhumi, who was on duty at the rally, was also attacked and later admitted to the Khulna General Hospital.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, Shamsuzzaman Chanchal, joint office secretary of BNP (Khulna metropolitan unit), said: “Hardly 15 minutes had passed since we started our peaceful rally when the police began charging us with batons without warning.”
Police forcefully removed party activists from in front of the party office and even detained five of them, he added.Dhaka tribune