One Dead, Dozens Injured In Bangladesh Nationwide Protest

One Dead, Dozens Injured In Bangladesh Nationwide Protest

DHAKA, Dec 29 (Bernama) — A school teacher was killed and dozens including police were injured on Monday during a nationwide strike held by Bangladesh’s main opposition alliance, Xinhua news agency reported.

The 37-year-old teacher succumbed to her injuries after being hit on the head by a brick thrown by protesters in Noakhali town about 158 southeast of capital Dhaka.

The strike was staged by former prime minister Khaleda Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 20-party alliance over restrictions on its rally in Gazipur on the outskirts of Dhaka and to demand the release its leaders and activists.

Gazipur’s local administration has imposed an indefinite ban on political rallies in Gazipur from Friday in the wake of growing tension over the ruling and opposition parties’ announcement of holding rallies at the same venue on Saturday.

Security has been beefed up in various places in Dhaka since Sunday night to prevent any untoward incidents.

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets amid clashes with protesters in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.

The BNP-led alliance has been waging mass protests demanding for a fresh national election under a non-party caretaker government.

— BERNAMA

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