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Police ‘baton charge’ at BNP rally in Khulna, 9 injured

Police resorted to baton charge the party has scheduled a rally in Khulna. At least 9 district and metropolitan BNP leaders and activists were injured. The injured have been given first aid. The incident took place in front of the party office at KD Ghosh Road in the city around 11:30 am on Monday.

The injured are Babul Hossain Gazi, vice-president of ward 31 of the metropolis, Khandaker Faruk Hossain, joint convener of Batiaghata upazila committee and Abdul Halim, a district member.

However, the police claimed that no baton charge was leveled against the BNP leaders and workers, only chases were given. Many people were injured when they rushed to the office after the chase.

After the incident, Khulna metropolitan and district BNP held a press briefing at the party office around 12:30 pm. Nazrul Islam Monju, BNP central organizing secretary and Khulna metropolitan president, told a press briefing that a rally was to be held in front of the office as part of a central program to protest police baton charges, indiscriminate shootings and killings. At around 11 am in front of the party office was to prepare for the leaders srnkhalabaddhabhabe rally, the police stopped them. At that time, when he and other senior leaders of the party wanted to talk to the police about this, the police treated them indecently. After that, when the police suddenly charged batons on their leaders and workers, some people were injured. Their rally was thwarted by the police.

Khulna Sadar Police Officer-in-Charge (OC) Ashraful Alam said the BNP was trying to hold a rally by blocking the road without permission. At that time, they were told to leave the road and go to the office to assemble. Later, while going to the office, the leaders and workers started making inaudible insults towards the police. Then the police chased them. Many people were injured when they hurriedly climbed the small stairs. He claimed that the police had not lathicharged the BNP leaders and workers.

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