4 killed in protests after Bangla leader conviction

At least four persons were killed in police firing and violence that erupted in several parts of Bangladesh

Written by Press Trust Of India | Dhaka | Published: July 17, 2013 1:17 am

At least four persons were killed in police firing and violence that erupted in several parts of Bangladesh Tuesday following the conviction of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami’s 91-year-old supremo Ghulam Azad.

Police opened fire when supporters of Azad went on a rampage and attacked police with sticks,machetes and crude bombs,killing two persons in southwestern Satkhira. “They (Jamaat) activists violently attacked us with lethal weapons and homemade bombs… we were forced to fire gunshots for our defence when the two died,” a police officer said.

A 9-year-old girl was run over by a speeding bus that was chased by protesters in suburban Gazipur. Another person died after being allegedly attacked by rival activists at southwestern Dinajpur.

The violence comes a day after Jamaat workers hacked to death a local leader of ruling Awami League at Satkhira ahead of the verdict sentencing Azam to 90 years in prison for 1971 “crimes against humanity”.

Another Jamaat leader sentencing today

Dhaka: The fate of another top Jamaat leader,accused of murder,genocide and conspiracy during Bangladesh’s 1971 liberation war will be decided Wednesday by a tribunal. “ The prosecution and defence,we will deliver the verdict in Jamaat secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed case tomorrow,” Justice Obaidul Hassan,chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-2,said Tuesday.

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