Vehicular movements still suspended on Hathazari-Khagrachhari road

Clash between the students of Hathazari madrasa and police in Hathazari, Chattogram on 26 March 2021Prothom Alo

Vehicular movements on Hathazari-Khagrachhari road still remain suspended as of Saturday morning after a clash between the students of Hathazari madrasa and police in Chattogram’s Hathazari over the visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.

Meanwhile, Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Friday called dawn to dusk strike on Sunday protesting against the killing of four people during the clash.

Students of the madrasa were seen on the road. The authorities have not yet cleared the barricades on the road, leading to the sufferings of regular commuters of Nazirhat, Khagrachhari and Ramgarh. The road is closed since 2:30 in the afternoon on Friday.

Shops at Hathazari market are also shut as tensions prevails in the area. Around 250 members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and police have been deployed in the area along with 100 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) men.

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.

Demonstrators broke window glass of Hathazari police station
Prothom Alo

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.