Bhola clash: Security beefed up after authorities suspend bus routes

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Bhola clash: Security has been beefed up in Borhanuddin upazila and Bhola district town since the morning to avoid any untoward incident following Sunday’s mayhem that left four people dead.

Road communication and launch service on internal routes in the district have been suspended since the morning, said Mohammed Masud Alam Siddique, deputy commissioner in Bhola.

The communications would be resumed later in the day, he added.

The district admission has taken the steps to evade any unwanted incident after Juma prayers as today is the first Friday after the Sunday’s incident, sources at the administration said.

The internal road communication including Bhola Sadar to Char Fashion route and ferry service between Bhola-Barishal and Bhola-Laxmipur alongside the internal routes in the district remained suspended till 1:00 pm, reports our staff correspondent from the spot.

Besides, additional policemen have been deployed at the key points at the district. The members of from Border Guard Bangladesh, police and Rapid Action Battalion were seen patrolling in the town.

The situation in Bhola town has become even more tense as the 72-hour ultimatum given by a religious platform, Sharbadaliya Muslim Oikya Parishad, to meet their six-point demand ended yesterday noon.

Sharbadaliya Muslim Oikkya Parishad has been protesting the police firing in Borhanuddin upazila that killed at least four people and injured another 100 on Sunday.

At Borhanuddin, locals gathered to protest after a message hurting religious sentiments was circulated allegedly from Biplob Chandra Baidya’s Facebook messenger.

Shorbodoliyo Muslim Oikkya Parishad placed a six-point demand at a press conference at Bhola Press Club around 12:00 noon on October 21.

Their demands include immediate withdrawal of the superintendent of police in Bhola and the officer-in-charge of Borhanuddin Police Station, proper investigation and the punishment of those who gave directions to open fire on the rally, enactment of a law with a provision of capital punishment for those who would malign the image of the Prophet (PBUH), Allah and Islam, capital punishment of the Hindu youth who they claimed was responsible for the spread of messages against the Prophet, compensation to the families of those who died in Sunday’s clash and bearing the treatment expenses of those injured, unconditional release of those who were arrested in connection with the clash, and no filing of cases aiming to harass or arrest any protestor.


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