Awami League men bring out a procession in Banani area on Saturday evening
Prothom Alo

Awami League leaders-activists have attacked a BNP programme in the city’s Banani. Several persons were injured at the attack that took place at around 7:45pm on Saturday.

BNP announced to hold a candlelit programme from Kakali area of Banani to Gulshan-2 intersection protesting price hike of fuel and other essential commodities and death of three leaders-activists in police firing in Bhola and Narayanganj from 7:00pm to 8:00pm but the AL leaders and activists started to gather on the road from 6 in the evening.

At around 6:30pm, AL leaders were seen chanting slogans in front of the UAE Moitree Complex. AL’s Dhaka north unit vice president MA Kader Khan, Banani thana AL’s former vice president Jasim Uddin, former secretary Mir Mosharraf Hossain, Swechhasebak League’s joint secretary general Amzad Hossain, Banani thana AL’s former president Md Masud were present in the area.

BNP leaders-activists form a line holding candles on one side of Kamal Ataturk Avenue near Banani Kachabazar on 17 September
Prothom Alo

BNP leaders-activists formed a line holding candles in on side of Kamal Ataturk Avenue near Banani Kachabazar. AL leaders gathered opposite side of the road were chanting different slogans

Another procession of AL led by Banani thana’s former president and local ward councillor Mafizur Rahman took a position at Kamal Ataturk Avenue near Banani Kachabazar.

Two BNP leaders were killed in police firing in Bhola in August and the party announced different programmes throughout the country from 22 August. Later on 1 September, a Jubo Dal leader was killed in police firings in Narayanganj.  Protesting the deaths and price hike of essential commodities, BNP declared to hold rallies in 16 spots in the city till 27 September.

The party could so far organise three programmes without any hindrance while three other rallies were either attacked or obstructed.

A reliable source of ruling AL said BNP can hold programmes in and around its central office in Narayanganj and Press Club areas without any intervention. They would be barred if they want to hold programmes outside these areas.