Bangladesh authorities foil anti-India protest in Dhaka

The Dhaka police have foiled the efforts of Pro-Pakistan radical Islamist groups to stage a human chain in Bangladesh’s capital in protest against “killings in India’s Kashmir and Gujarat”, according to media reports.

Nagorik Parishad and Gono Oikya were the outfits which had planned to organise the human chain. Report said protesters gathered in front of the National Press Club around 11 am on Wednesday. The police officials turned them away, saying they cannot organise an event without prior permission. Dhaka Tribune quoted Shahbagh police station Sub-Inspector Md Jahangir as saying: “Anyone wanting to hold a protest program needs to have formal permission from Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). They did not seek permission from DMP nor did they produce any formal letter regarding the permission. So, I asked them to leave the place.”

However, protestors claimed that the programme was stopped as the government doesn’t want an “anti-India” protest to take place in the city. “Authorities are unwilling to let us form a human chain as our demands are against the Indian government,” Nagorik Parishad Convener Mohammad Shamsuddin told Dhaka Tribune.

Shamsuddin told the gathering: “Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only person responsible for the unrest and killings in Kashmir and Gujarat in India. Bangladeshis are also being killed near the borders under his government.” He also demanded that Modi be brought before the International Crimes Court, Dhaka Tribune report said.