Time News Desk: Some 458 leaders and activists of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its associate bodies were sued by the police in connection with a clash between BNP activists, cops, and the Awami League activists at Gauripur village in Lalpur upazila of Natore that left twelve people injured on Tuesday.
Md Monoaruzzaman, officer-in-charge of Lalpur Police Station, told that sub-inspector Humayon Kabir filed a case with the police station on Tuesday night accusing fifty-eight named and 200 to 300 unnamed people on charges of obstructing the police, assaulting law enforcement officers, and damaging properties.
He said that they had already arrested two people in this connection.
The arrestees were Tuhin Islam, younger brother of upazila BNP member secretary Harun-Or-Rashid, and activist Mohidul Islam.
BNP leader Harun-Or-Rashid told that they were carrying out a peaceful programme with the permission of the police.
‘Suddenly, the ruling Awami League activists attacked our leaders and activists in the presence of the police, who also fired tear gas shells, leaving at least twelve of our activists injured’, he said.
‘Although we were attacked and injured, the law enforcers sued us’, he alleged.
Contacted, upazila AL joint general secretary Aminul Islam said that it was their moral responsibility to resist the BNP activists whenever the latter would harass innocent people in the name of political programmes.
Earlier on Tuesday, Lalpur upazila BNP organised a protest procession and rally at Gauripur village as part of the central programme to protest at the recent hike in fuel and commodity prices and mismanagement in the energy sector, the killing of party leaders and activists.
BNP leaders and activists faced police obstacles when thousands of them tried to move towards Gouripur with a procession from Palidah village.
When the BNP activists tried to ignore the obstacles, the police dispersed them by firing tear gas shells, the BNP leaders said.
Along with the law enforcers, AL leaders and activists also started throwing bricks targeting the BNP procession, leaving twelve of them injured, they said.