Police-JCD clash: 13 placed on 5-day remand
Published: 05:33 PM, 1 March 2021
Arrested JCD men
A Dhaka court today placed 13 accused on five days remand in a case filed over a clash between police and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal in front of the National Press Club yesterday morning.
Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Magistrate Muhammad Asaduzzaman Noor passed the order after a court hearing on Monday.
The remanded accused are Manjurul Alam, Ataur Rahman, Masud Rana, Shafiqul Islam, Shahiraj, Ahsan Habib Bhuiyan Raju, Kabir Hossain, Monowar Islam, Ariful Haque, Anisur Rahman Khandaker Anik, Abu Hayat Md. Zulfiqar, Atif Morshed and Ramjan.
Earlier, the arrested accused were produced before the Dhaka Additional Metropolitan Magistrate court with ten days remand prayers by the investigating officer of the case Shahbagh police sub-inspector Abdullah.
On the other hand, defendant lawyers applied for bail and cancellation of remand. At that time, the state held a hearing in favor of remand. After hearing both the parties, the court granted remand to each of them for five days.
According to case details, JCD men hold the rally in front of the Press Club at 10:30 am yesterday to protest the authorities' decision to revoke the gallantry award of late president Ziaur Rahman, and to demand the repeal of the Digital Security Act and an investigation into the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed in custody.
Nearly 500 leaders and activists gathered there but police barred them from taking to the streets, saying the party didn't take any permission to hold the program. The clash erupted around 11:00am when a group of Chhatra Dal leaders and activists tried to come out of the press club premises and sat on the road. Police charged baton on them, witnesses said. Chhatra Dal men then took position inside the press club and hurled brick chips at police, leading to a series of clashes that lasted for about 40 minutes.
At one point, police entered the press club premises to drive them away. Some JCD men then came out of the press club and chased the policemen with sticks and brick chips. They also vandalized a police box in front of the press club.
Police were seen firing tear gas shells targeting the press club. They charged baton at any protesters in their path.
On the same day, Sub-Inspector of Shahbagh Police Station Palash Shah filed a case against 200/250 accused including 48 named accused.