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Around 10:00 on Saturday morning, Hathazari police station duty officer sub-inspector Kabir Uddin told Prothom Alo that the movement of vehicles on Hathazari-Khagrachhari road has not yet been normal.

He declined to speak further on the issue.

Clashes broke out at Baitul Mukarram National Mosque area as a section of devotees had started demonstrating after Juma prayer against the visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Protesting against this, the students of Hathazari madrasa also started demonstrating after the Juma prayer. At one stage, four protesters were killed in the clash with police.

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Later, the demonstrating students blocked Hathazari-Nazirhat road. The students withdrew the road blockade following meetings between Hefazat-e-Islam leaders, police and people’s representatives at Hathazari police station.

Witnesses said the students withdrew the blockade as Hefazat-e-Islam ameer Zunaid Babunagari urged the students through loud speaker to return to madrasa around 11:45pm.

Regular commuters of Nazirhat, Khagrachhari and Fatikchhari faced sufferings due to the road blockade since Friday afternoon.

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