A huge number of police members have been deployed in the press club area over the BNP rally. Clash broke out when police obstructed the BNP men from going to rally spot by the road on the western side of the secretariat around 10:50am.
When the opposition leaders and activists tried to go ahead ignoring the police obstructions, the law enforcement men started charging batons. At a stage, the BNP men also started throwing brick bats aiming police.
The leaders, however, asked the activists to remain peaceful. The rally resumed after around five minutes. The gates of the press club were kept shut since the morning but the eastern gate was opened after the clash subsided. A large number of BNP leaders and activists have taken position in and outside of the press club.
Assistant commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (Ramna Zone) SM Shamim told Prothom Alo that they requested the BNP men to maintain discipline for the sake of the lives and properties of people. Nothing more happened here. No one has either been detained in this connection, he added.
BNP’s Dhaka metro (north and south) units organised the rally that was presided over by the party’s joing secretary general and Dhaka south BNP president Habib Un Nabi Khan Sohel. BNP central leaders also have taken part in the rally.