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Over 100 injured in Bangladesh clashes

More than 100 people were injured in clashes between police and student demanding uninterrupted supply of electricity.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 02:18 IST

More than 100 people were injured in clashes between police and student organisations demanding uninterrupted supply of electricity in the Bangladeshi capital on Tuesday, witnesses said.

Police used tear gas and batons when a conglomerate of 14 opposition student organisations tried to march to the offices of the state-run electricity supply office in downtown Motijheel.

Witnesses said fierce clashes erupted as protestors torched a footpath shop and damaged some 60 passing vehicles.

The violence left about 100 injured in police attack, alleged Haq Atiq, deputy office secretary of opposition Jubo League.

The injured were being treated at different hospitals.

Witnesses said Jubo Sangram Parishad earlier staged a rally at nearby Muktangan to press for their demand of uninterrupted supply of electricity.

The agitators also tried to set fire to a minibus near Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

In another incident at Shahbagh area, close to the Dhaka University campus, angry students damaged at least 10 passing vehicles after a student was seriously injured after being hit by a bus last evening.

The injured student identified as Mubarak Hossain was at the Intensive Care Unit of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University, campus sources said.

Dhaka's traffic clogged as roads were closed by police due to violence.

The University's Vice Chancellor, SMA Faiz, accompanied by his colleagues rushed to the scene and calmed the students.