Shibir activists clash with police in Rajshahi after Nizami funeral prayers

Twelve people were detained following the clash at the city’s Kadirganj area on Wednesday afternoon, said Assistant Commissioner Ifte Khayer Alam of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police.

Leaders and activists of Shibir, Jamaat’s student wing, held a ‘Gayebana Janaza’ or funeral prayers for Nizami in front of Hetem Kha Graveyard after the noon prayers.

“Police chased them when they were about to take out a procession,” said Alam.

The men then gathered at Kadirganj’s Getar Road and started throwing stones at police, who retaliated by firing from their shotguns and hurling tear-gas shells, he said.

“The Shibir men regrouped on the outskirts of the city, but police dispersed them.”

The 12 detained will face with legal action once they roles are verified.

Jamaat’s 73-year-old chief was executed at the Dhaka Central Jail in the first hour of Wednesday for atrocities committed as the commander of Al-Badr militia, formed to assist the Pakistan Army during Bangladesh’s Liberation War.

The party, in an announcement, called a general shutdown for Thursday and asked its followers across Bangladesh to hold funeral prayers on Wednesday.

Shibir activists also fought with police in Chittagong city after holding funeral prayers for Nizami.

Source: Bangladesh’s First Internet Newspaper