Bangladesh opposition chief arrested after anti-government protest turns into conflict with police – JURIST

A Dhaka courtroom on Sunday ordered the arrest of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Get together (BNP), and dozens of members of the BNP after a significant opposition protest held on Saturday in Dhaka.

The demonstration, with over 100,000 protesters, spawned clashes between protesters and police. A police officer was killed in the course of the protest and over 100 folks have been injured.

The protesters accused the Bangladeshi authorities of holding a unilateral and managed election and demanded “a good and neutral election” underneath a non-partisan neutral government. The October 28 protest is part of the bigger “BNP plan” to get the incumbent Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and his authorities out of energy.

The opposition leaders proclaimed the protest to be a peaceable rally and accused the police of attacking protesters with rubber bullets, sound grenades and tear fuel shells, which led to the suspension of the rally. The Dhaka Metropolitan Police, however, referred to as the protest “huge vandalism” and accused the BNP of attacking and opening hearth on a number of venues, together with the residence of Bangladesh’s chief justice, the Central Police Hospital in Rajabagh, and numerous police containers and police autos. The police additionally attributed the dying of a police officer to a beating by BNP protesters.

The police introduced expenses of attacking the chief justice’s residence in opposition to the BNP chief in entrance of the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Justice of the Peace Court docket on Saturday evening and requested that he be stored in jail for additional investigation. On Sunday, Dhaka Metropolitan Justice of the Peace, Shafi Uddin, rejected the bail plea from Fakhrul’s lawyer and ordered him to be arrested pursuant to the request of the police. A gaggle of pro-BNP attorneys rallied on the district courtroom premises to protest the courtroom’s choice.

Notably, aside from Fakhrul, a complete of 59 opposition leaders and activists have been accused of attacking the chief justice’s residence.

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