POST TIME: 20 October, 2019 04:15:10 PM / LAST MODIFIED: 21 October, 2019 09:55:31 AM
4 killed in Bhola clash over Facebook post
Independent Online/ UNB

4 killed in Bhola clash over Facebook post

Four people were killed and an unspecified number of others injured in a clash between police and local people while demonstrating at Eidgah ground in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola district on Sunday, demanding the punishment of a youth for reportedly making derogatory remarks about Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (SM) and sharing that with his Facebook friends.

Four people- Mizan, Mahfuz Patwari, Shaheen and Mahbub Patwari-were killed, said Dr Abul Kalam Azad, medical officer of Bhola Sadar Hospital.  

Fifteen people injured in the calsh were admitted to Barishal Sher- e- Bangla Medical College Hospital, said Dr Abul Hasnat Russel of the hospital’s emergency department.

Talking to local journalists, Sarkar Mohammad Kaisar, Superintendent of Bhola Police, said local people turned furious over the offensive remarks about Prophet Muhammad from the Facebook ID of Biplab Chandra Shuvo, a local man.

“The clash took place centering the hacking of a Facebook ID on October 18. We detained all those involved in ID hacking. They’re now in custody. We sat in a meeting with local influential people, public representatives, imams and Alem who had assured us that they wouldn’t hold their scheduled protest programme today,”he said.

But, today they started taking preparations to hold the programme and then police appeared at the scene, the SP said.

“When we’re leaving the place after the rally, some people started throwing brick chipsat us forcing us to take shelter in an adjoining building and fire blank shots,” the SP said.

Three people were killed and a policeman suffered bullet wounds during the clash, he said.

Md Enamul Haque, officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin Police Station, said Biplob on Saturday came to the police station to file a general diary claiming that his Facebook account was hacked.

“Biplob also said someone demanded extortion from him over mobile phone,” he said.

Meanwhile, one platoon of BGB troops was sent to the spot in helicopters while another three platoons were sent by road to quell the situation,” said Md Shariful Islam, public relations officer at the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters. 

Besides, one platoon of Bangladesh Coast Guard have been deployed on the spot, said Lt Hayat-Ibne-Siddique, media officer of Coast Guard headquarters.