At least 40 people, including 10 policemen, were injured in Dhaka as Islamist party activists on Thursday clashed with the police at the north gate of Baitul Mukarram.
The clashes taking place on the stretch between the Paltan crossing and the Dainik Bangla crossing continued for more than an hour.
The activists set fire to two motorcycles of the law enforcers and vandalized seven vehicles near the mosque. Traffic remained disrupted for about two hours.
Witness said the clashes began when the police stopped a band of activists of the Islamic Constitution Movement, Khelafat Andolan, Islami Chhatra Majlish, Islami Oikya Jote and Khelafat Majlish, teamed up under the banner of the ‘committee on the protection of Qur’anic laws,’ headed for the Chief Adviser’s Office to submit a memorandum against the National Women Development Policy.
Several hundred people of Islamist organisations assembled at the north gate of the mosque soon after the zuhr prayer and went out on demonstrations against the policy and demanded its cancellation.
The lawmen kept the activists confined inside the north gate of the mosque by putting up barricades on all the exit points.