Public gatherings restricted in Phulbaria
Mymensingh: The local authorities restricted assembly of five or more people holding public gatherings by imposing section 144 at the Phulbaria municipality in Mymensingh following Sunday’s clash that left two people dead.
Phulbaria upazila Executive officer Lira Tarafder said the restraint will remain imposed from 9:00am to 5:00pm on Monday, till the situation comes under control.
Earlier, on Sunday, two people, including a teacher of Phulbaria Degree College, were killed and 20 others injured as police allegedly charged baton on teachers and students during their demonstrations seeking nationalisation of the college in the upazila.
The victims are Abul Kalam Azad, a teacher of Botany Department of the college and Safar Ali, a passerby.
Witnesses said the teachers and the students of Phulbaria Degree College brought out a procession in front of their college demanding its nationalisation.
At one stage, police charged baton to disperse them, triggering a clash that left 21 people injured.
The injured were taken to a private community hospital where Abul Kalam died, said Prof SM Abul Hashem, a teacher of the college and convener of Phulbaria Degree College Movement Committee.
Denying the allegation, police claimed that the pedestrian died of cardiac arrest.
The Phulbaria Police Officer-in-charge (OC) Rifat Khan Rajib said the protesters threw brick-chips at police during the clash and police charged baton to disperse them.
Meanwhile, the Phulbaria Police Sub-inspector Rafiq filed a case accusing around 400 people on Sunday night, said the OC.