Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Faruk Hossain has stated that the constable who tragically lost his life was reportedly attacked in the head by Opposition activists. Meanwhile, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main opposition party, has claimed that one of its youth wing leaders, Shamim Molla, was fatally shot by the police. BNP spokesperson Sayrul Kabir Khan informed AFP, saying, “Shamim Molla, one of our youth wing leaders, was shot and has been taken to a hospital in Rajarbagh, located in central Dhaka.” According to police reports, up to 20 individuals were transported to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with injuries caused by rubber bullets.
The clashes between security forces and Opposition protesters began in front of Dhaka’s largest Catholic church, with BNP supporters being accused of setting a bus and a police post on fire. There were also reports of an alleged attack on a police hospital. BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir emphasized that their rally against the Bangladeshi government had been peaceful. He accused the authorities of using excessive force to disrupt their gathering, stating, “Our rally was peaceful, and it is the authorities who used excessive force to disperse our supporters, subjecting our people to harsh attacks.”