'Shots Fired' in 'Pro-Juba' League Protest
Tuesday, 03 August 2010

Supporters of Pro-metropolitan Juba League convenor Nizamul Islam demonstrated in the city on monday, and allegedly vandalised private property protesting an earlier attack on the leader.

Witnesses said that they vandalised three buses and 10 trucks, injuring two passengers in their attack. It is also alleged that the demonstrators fired a number of bullets.

Golam Mostofa, a passenger of Desh Paribahan, told bdnews24.com: "The Dhaka to Kuakata-bound bus arrived at the bus terminal at around 11.30pm. A group of young people on about 30 motorcycles arrived at the location and stopped the buses from leaving."

"They set fire to tyres on the road. Some of them vandalised the buses. Two passengers one person called Kamruzzaman and another called Mostofa suffered cuts on their necks and chests from the glass shards."

"They then ransacked the terminal for around half an hour and vandalised two buses of Druti Paribahan and Annya Poribahan, a covered van, a military vehicle and around 10 trucks."

Transports workers and passengers became aggravated when the police arrived after the incident, alleging that RAB and police are normally at the terminal every night but were absent on Monday.

Assistant police commissioner Anwar Hossain Khan denied there was any significant altercation between the police and passengers and said, "People tend to get aggravated during such incidents. However, no clash took place."

Mohammed Rabiul, a truck driver who was arriving at Barisal from Natore at that time said that he stopped his vehicle on the roadside when he saw a motorcycle procession of a group of people carrying hockey sticks, sharp weapons and firearms.

Some one from the procession shot at his truck. His windshield was shattered from the bullets.

The motorcycle procession headed to former student leader Moazzem Hossain Chunnu's residence at Kalu Shah Road. They are said to have fired five shots at the residence and vandalised the adjoining Rahim Memorial Charity Club.

Moazzem Hossain Chunnu told bdnews24.com over the phone that a group of miscreants led by Mamun and Dipu fired shots and threw brickbats at his home, shattering windows and frightening residents.

However, Assistant police commissioner Anwar Hossain Khan said, "No shooting took place. A number of miscreants gave a show down on motorcycles. They threw brickbats and broke glasses on a number of vehicles."

Meanwhile, Barisal Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Chhatra League took out a procession with the same demands at around 12.30am. The procession circled the Band Road and ended at the campus.

At one stage the men went in front of Police Line and took out a procession demanding punishment for the miscreants behind the attack on Juba League leader Nizam.


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