20 hurt in Bangladesh’s latest strike

Bangladeshi activists from Hifazat-e-Islam want authorities to enact an anti-blasphemy law.—Photo by AP

DHAKA, Bangladesh: At least 20 people were hurt on Monday in southwestern Bangladesh as a hardline Islamic group enforced a general strike to back its demands for an anti-blasphemy law.   

Police and Somoy TV station said the violence took place in Chittagong city when activists from Hifazat-e-Islam clashed with ruling Awami League supporters.

Police official Abdullahel Baki said the Hifazat-e-Islam protesters threw stones at police and the ruling party supporters.

The TV station reported that one ruling party member was hit by a bullet, but it was not immediately clear who fired it.

The Hifazat-e-Islam protesters also blocked a rail line in eastern Brahmanbaria district to disrupt train services.

The government said it had no plans to enact an anti-blasphemy law or meet other demands from the protesters.

Source: Dawn world


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