AL groups clash in Azimpur, torch motorcycles

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Pns: Two different groups of the ruling party Awami League clashed in Dhaka’s Azimpur on Thursday noon (Nov 16).

The clash caused arson and vandalism along with an hour-long chaos in the area. At least three motorcycles were torched near Azimpur bus stand and several others vandalised.

The clash broke out in front of Pearl Harbor community center in Azimpur while police had to fire a few rounds of tear cells and blank shots to control the situation.

According to sources and witnesses, a program of the Dhaka city Awami League was scheduled at Pearl Harbour Community Centre on Thursday to celebrate the UN recognition of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s March 7 speech.

At morning, the organisers found loads of trash dumped on the gates of the community centre, for which they held a section responsible and later declared them unwanted.

The clash began around 10:30am when the ‘unwanted group’ tried to enter from Palasi. Threwing stone and chasing-counter chasing were on.

However, as situation got more heated, clash broke out around 11:00am that continued for half an hour. People from both sides vandalized 20 motorbikes and torched 3 others that were parked in front of the community center. It is been reported that the bikes belonged to the leaders of both sides.

Police shot several tear gas shells to disperse the clash. At one point, at least three motorcycles were set on fire and several others vandalised near Eden College.

Lalbagh police station officer-in–charge (OC) Md Moniruzzaman said, forces have been dispatched to the location to take control of the situation.


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