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At least 50 people, including five police personnel, were injured as madrassah students attacked the Hathazari police station in Chittagong in a repercussion to police-mullahs riot in Dhaka.
The students of Darul Ulum Muinul Islam Madrassah, much known as Hathazari bara madrassah, also torched three motorbikes, two cars alongside conducting massive vandalism inside the police station.
Several hundred students of the madrassah swooped on the police station at around 6:30pm on rumour that one madrassah student was killed in police attack at Baitul Mukarram mosque in Dhaka.
Witnesses said the madrassah students, equipped with truncheons and iron roads, swooped on the police station suddenly and started vandalizing doors and windowpanes.
They damaged three motorbikes, two cars of the police station and left five policemen and the imam of the police station mosque injured, said Mohammed Alamgir, the Hathazari police chief.
Contingents of police deployed at the Chittagong University were called in and they dispersed the attackers lobbing teargas shells.
The madrassah students took to the street and vandalized several vehicles after the incident,’ he said adding that a huge contingent of additional police and RAB members had drove them out at around 8:00pm.
The injured policemen, identified as sub-inspector Mizanur Rahman, constables Abdul Hoque, Bahar Uddin, Mostofa and Hamid, were receiving treatment at the police hospital.
At least 25 madrassah students have also sustained injuries during the incident and four of them were identified as Mafizur Rahman, Nazim Uddin, Hifatullah and Abdur Rahim. The rests could not be unidentified immediately.
The deputy inspector general of police, AKM Shahidul Hoque, rushed to the spot soon after the incident and was holding a meeting with the madrassah teachers.