In Sylhet, the Awami League’s anti-strike procession threw stones and chased each other. At that time, one worker was stabbed and four others were injured. Cocktail explosions also took place during the chase between the two sides. At one stage, the police took control of the situation by arresting five people from the spot for throwing stones at the Awami League procession.
The incidents took place in Bandarbazar and Mahajanpatti areas of the city from 12 noon to 1.30 pm on Sunday. Police say a group of Chhatra Shibir activists who were picketing during the strike threw stones at the Awami League procession. All the five arrested are Shibir activists.
However, eyewitnesses in the Mahajanpatti area said that some workers were attacked after the picketing of the strike. In the incident of a worker being stabbed, there was a chase with the Awami League. The situation calmed down when the police reached the spot and arrested five people.
At around 3:30 pm, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Sylhet Kotwali Police Station SM Abu Farhad told Prothom Alo that all the five arrested from the spot were Shibir activists. They were picketing during the custody strike. Legal action is being taken against the detainees.
District Awami League publicity secretary Mohammad Abbas Uddin told Prothom Alo that the Awami League held an anti-strike procession in front of the Sylhet district council at around 12 noon as announced. When the procession crosses Bandarbazar and goes to Mahajanpatti area, who or what throws a brick? One side chased the procession and went to Mahajanpatti and Kalighat areas. Police later reached the spot and arrested the stone throwers in the procession.
Witnesses, some traders of Kalighat and Mahajanpatti said that the workers were working in every business establishment as it was one of the business areas of the city. At that time the workers were chased from the procession of Awami League. When a worker working in a rice shop was stabbed, the angry workers organized and chased them from the Awami League procession as picketers of the strike. Police later reached the spot and arrested the five. Earlier, 10-15 cocktails were exploded from the procession.
‘Radicals’ teeth will be broken on the streets’
Nasiruddin Khan, general secretary of Sylhet district Awami League, has said that the poisonous teeth of the fundamentalists will be broken in the streets. He made the remarks at a rally after the anti-strike procession this afternoon. He said the Sylhet district Awami League will be on the streets to stop the so-called strikes and violent programs. Hefazat, Jamaat-Shibir and BNP have risen up to destroy the peace and order of the country. Those who burn and vandalize shops do not want peace in the country. Everyone must be vigilant to resist them. At the same time, the Sylhet District Awami League will always be on the ground to prevent strikes and violence, and the poisonous teeth of the fundamentalists will be broken on the streets.
The procession was taken out from Surma Market Point in the city before the rally. The procession passed through Court Point, Bandarbazar, Zindabazar, went around different roads of the city and gathered at Kamran Chattar. Apart from General Secretary Nasiruddin Khan, Vice President Sujat Ali Rafiq, District Juba League President Shamim Ahmed, Swechchhasebak League President Afshar Aziz, District Tanti League President Alamgir Hossain and former District BCL President Shahriar Alam Samad also addressed the rally.