Dhaka: At least one person was killed and several others were wounded after a protest against Covid-19 restrictions turned violent in Bangladesh, police said on Tuesday. The demonstration in the south-western town of Saltha ensued Monday evening after rumours spread that a man was beaten by officials who were monitoring compliance with the coronavirus lockdown, local police chief Mohammad Alimuzzaman told dpa news agency. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh Imposes Weekend Lockdown Across State Amid COVID Spike
The protest turned violent within hours as several thousand stick-wielding demonstrators took to the streets vandalising a number of public offices and setting them on fire, he said. Also Read - Complete Lockdown or Section 144 in Karnataka? Yediyurappa Govt to Take Final Decision Amid Rising COVID Cases
Police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse the demonstrators who broke into a local police station at one point, an incident that left one protester dead, Alimuzzaman said. Also Read - Second Coronavirus Wave Could Stabilise in India by end of 2021, Says AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria
“The bullets were fired in self-defence,” the officer said, adding several other people incluing policemen were wounded during the clashes. Additional police were deployed in the area as a precaution, he said.
Bangladesh on Monday began a seven-day lockdown to slow the spread of Covid-19 with many in the capital Dhaka defying the shutdown orders.
Small traders staged demonstrations in the centre of the capital on the first day of the lockdown, calling on the government to allow them to keep their businesses open as long as they followed health guidelines.
The government ordered the people to generally stay indoors and shut down means of transport and shopping malls. Factories were allowed to operate provided the owners ensure proper health measures.