Two Injured as Police Charge Batons on Qawwali Rally

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

Police charged batons in a rally called by the People's Activist Coalition (PAC) in protest of the attack in the Qawwali concert in TSC. The incident took place at 4 pm on Thursday (January 13) at Shahbagh Chattar in the capital.

Witnesses said that when the activists started gathering at Shahbagh Chattar at 4 pm to protest against the attack on the Qawwali concert at TSC yesterday, the police asked them to call off the rally citing the restrictions due to the recent Covid-19 spread. But they continued the demonstration ignoring the police obstruction. At one point, when they started chanting slogans in protest of the attack, the police dispersed them by beating them with batons.

Ratul Mohammad, the organizer of the People's Activist Coalition, said, As soon as we opened the banner, the police stopped us and beat us with the batons. Shimul Chowdhury and Sajib Tushar, one of the organizers of the People's Activist Coalition, were injured in the attack.

Asked about the beating, Shahbagh Police Station OC Moudud Hawlader said, "It is forbidden to hold any kind of meeting as per government restrictions. When they wanted to assemble, we had forbidden them. Then they left Shahbagh. No attacks were reported."

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