At least five vehicles were vandalised, and ten others were torched in Dhaka and Chittagong Tuesday afternoon hours into a tribunal awarded death penalty to BNP lawmaker Salauddin Quader Chowdhury for committing war crimes.
Driver of a covered van, whose vehicle was set on fire at Kazi Salauddin Road, admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with burn injuries in his limbs and lower abdomen.
The International Crime Tribunal-1 on Tuesday handed down capital punishment to Chowdhury, BNP standing committee member, for committing crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
Unidentified miscreants vandalised at least five vehicles and torched a covered van at Bangabazar around 2:00pm.
Driver of the covered van, Nurul Islam, 25, was admitted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Describing the incident, Islam told The Daily Star that a group of around 50 people vandalised five vehicles on Kazi Salauddin Road and set fire to his goods-laden van while he was going to Armanitola from Tejgaon.
Followers of Chowdhury allegedly set fire to at least seven motorcycles and a pick-up van in Rangunia and Raozan upazilas, reports our correspondent in Chittagong.
A chase and counter-chase also took place between the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League and the followers of Chowdhury when BCL men brought out a procession around 2:45pm in Parua of Rangunia to celebrate the verdict, reports our correspondent from Chittagong.
The henchmen of Chowdhury also torched four motorcycles of the BCL men there.
Three more motorcycles were torched at Pomra in Rangunia upazila around 1:45pm, said AFM Nijamuddin, assistant superintendent (Hathazari circle) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
Another group of people set fire to a pick-up van at Ziabazar in Raozan upazila, said Tuton (full name was not available), a sub-inspector of Raozan Police Station.
Source: The Daily Star