Barishal: Police foiled BNP’s human chain in Barishal city marking International Human Rights Day on Sunday morning.
The incident took place in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall in the city around 11am when the leaders and activists of BNP reached the spot with a procession marking the human rights day.
BNP alleged that four of its leaders and activists were injured as police dispersed them from the spot.
However, Anwar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Barisal Kotwali Model Police Station has denied allega-tions of using force against BNP leaders and activists.
“BNP leaders and activists were trying to gather there without prior permission. Upon our request, they later moved away from the spot. There was no use of force by the police, and no untoward incident oc-curred during that period,” said OC Anwar Hossain.
Later, the district north and south BNP formed a human chain in front of Barisal Reporters Unity pro-testing police action.
BNP leaders and activists led by central member Mezbah Uddin Farhad staged a human chain in front of the party office on Sadar Road when police dispersed them on the grounds of gathering without prior permission.
According to witnesses, the leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Ainjibi Forum Barishal district commit-tee brought out a procession to join the human chain which was also foiled by police.
The leaders and activists of Jatiyabadi Ainjibi Forum alleged that police snatched their banners and dis-persed them.