30 injured in police-people clash

About 20 people including police officers were injured and 20 vehicles were vandalised in Sholaghar in a clash between police and the demonstrators.

Clashes between supporters of Arial Beel Rakkha Committee and police left at least 30 people injured, and 20 vehicles and 30 shops vandalised in Dhaka and Munshiganj yesterday.

The incident occured when police tried to prevent the supporters from joining a rally at Muktangon in the capital in protest at the proposed Bangabandhu International Airport over parts of Arial Beel.

Police stopped them at different spots including Postagola, Babubazar and Zero Point in the capital and Sree Nagar, Sholaghar, Nawabganj and Kuchiamora in Munshiganj. Thousands had got on buses to get to the rally from Munshiganj.

The injured were later admitted to nearby health complex.

Police hurled at least 16 cans of tear gas to disperse the agitators. The traffic on Dhaka-Mawa Highway was suspended for about two and a half hours.

locals vandalised a vehicle of the fire brigade when it rushed to douse a fire on a bus.

Member secretary of the committee said they had permission from Dhaka City Corporation and Dhaka Metropolitan Police to hold the rally at Muktangon.

Police claimed that they had no permission.

The government has decided to build Bangabandhu International Airport on an area that includes thousands of acres of agricultural land and an area of the wetland Arial Beel.

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