Dhaka Tribune reported on Friday that at least five people had died during a clash between police and the people protesting against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh on its independence day.
According to Dhaka Tribune, in the two separate incidents Hefazat-e-Islam activists and madrasa students clashed with the police in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria during the protests.
“Meanwhile, in Dhaka, at least 50 people, including several journalists, were injured after anti-Modi protesters clashed with police outside Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after the Friday prayers,” the report added.
Bangladeshi media said that most of the protestors were activist of Hefazat-e-Islam and the students of madrasas.
The Indian PM on Friday landed in Dhaka for a two-day visit on the occasion of Bangladesh’s 50th independence day.
PM Modi was received by his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina as he met with government and opposition leaders.
Many people believe that Modi’s visit came as he tried to gain grounds for his party in state-level elections in West Bengal and Assam — the Indian states bordering Bangladesh.
For that purpose, the Indian premier has also visited a Hindu temple in Bangladesh which is sacred to the Bengali Hindus living in West Bengal.