4 dead as anti-Modi protests turn v i o l e n t in Bangladesh

Four supporters of a hardline Islamist group were s h o t dead in Bangladesh on Friday in v i o l n t demonstrations over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tour to Dhaka, officials said.

It comes as Bangladesh marks 50 years of independence from Pakistan with celebrations focused on its economic achievements, which activist groups say have been overshadowed by rights abuses. Police said four bodies of members of Hefazat-e-Islam, a hardline Islamist group, were brought to Chittagong Medical College Hospital after v i o l e n c e erupted at Hathazari, a rural town where the group’s main leaders are based.

“We got four bodies here. They are all hit with bullets. Three of them are madrasa students and another a tailor,” Alauddin Talukder, a police inspector at the hospital, said. He said at least four other demonstrators were critically injured.

Ruhul Amin, the government administrator of Hathazari town, said up to 1,500 supporters of Hefazat a t t ac k e d a police station chanting anti-Modi slogans

“There were some 5,000 protesters. They were all Hefazat supporters and they were mostly madrasa students. They were protesting Mr. Modi’s visit and police actions against demonstrators in Dhaka,” he said.

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