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Bangladesh police fire tear gas shells, rubber bullets at anti-Modi protesters in Dhaka

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Bangladesh police, on Thursday, fired rubber bullets and tear gas at hundreds of mainly student demonstrators who were protesting against an upcoming visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported AFP.

Police said that the protest got out of hand as demonstrators marched in Dhaka, with many throwing rocks and stones at officers, injuring at least four.
“We fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse them. There were 200 protesters. We have also arrested 33 people for violence,” police official Syed Nurul Islam told AFP.

According to reports, famous speaker and preacher, Rafiqul Islam, was arrested today by Bangladeshi police during protest; he was released later.

The protesters accused Modi of stoking religious tensions and inciting anti-Muslim violence in the Indian state of Gujarat in 2002, which left about 1,000 people dead. Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister at the time of the deadly religious riot, the AFP report read.

According to the AFP report, at a separate smaller protest elsewhere in Dhaka, hard-line protesters slaughtered a cow — sacred to most Hindus — on the street.

Modi’s is on a two day visit to Bangladesh, starting on Friday. Bangladesh is celebrating its 50th Independence Day this year.

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