Tuesday 24, May 2022

New Market clash: Local BNP leader caused

News Desk: Police have filed a case accusing 22 persons including former New Market Thana BNP president Makbul Hossain as the prime accused in connection with the violent clashes between Dhaka College students and traders.

In the case, police brought charges of obstructing government duties, attacking police, pelting brickbats and vandalising business entities.

However, none has so far been shown arrested in the incident.

Some 200 to 300 unnamed traders, employees and about 600-700 students of Dhaka College have been made accused in the case.

Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police of New Market Zone Shahen Shah Mahmud said the names of the accused have been mentioned in the case on the basis of intelligence reports and evidence.

It is learnt that the clash ensued in sequel to conflict among the employees of two fast food shops--Welcome and Capital. Makbul Hossain got the allocation of the shops from the Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC). Later, he rented both the shops.

Makbul Hossain said he didn't go to New Market area in the last four months.

"I have also received such a message. But, I didn't go there in the last four months. Questions of throwing brickbats, injuring anyone or vandalism don't arise at all. I got the allocation of the shops from the Dhaka City Corporation in the 1990s," he said.

He said he is the former president of New Market Thana Unit of BNP.

Other accused whose names have been mentioned in the case are Amir Hossain Alamgir, Mizan, Tipu, Haji Jahangir Hossain Patwari, Hasan Jahangir Mithu, Harun Howlader, Shah Alam Sentu, Shahidul Islam Shahid, Mizan Bepari, Asif, Rahmat, Sumon, Jasim, Billal, Harun, Monir, Bacchu, Julhas, Mithu, Mintu and Babul.

Dhaka New Market Baboshayee Samity president Dewan Aminul Islam has raised objection for implicating Makbul Hossain in the case.

He said Makbul Hossain has a political identity. But, he only rented two shops which were allocated in favour of him. If he is made accused due to the conflict of the employees of his two rented shops, it would be a problematic issue.

Police are looking for three Dhaka College students who locked in clashes with Welcome and Capital First Food shops' employees, said police official Shahen Shah Mahmud.

New Market traders and Dhaka College students locked in violent clashes at about 12:00am on Monday. Clash continued throughout the day on the following day. Two persons have so far died in connection with the incident.


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