At least four people were killed and over fifty others injured as locals, who were protesting over a “Facebook post”, clashed with police in Borhanuddin upazila of Bhola on Sunday (Oct 20).
According to witnesses, the clash broke out around 11 am when a group of people brought out a procession in Borhanuddin Bazar protesting a Facebook post by a Hindu man, which they claim hurt religious sensitivities.
At one stage, the protesters became violent prompting the law-enforcers to intervene.
Madrasa student Mahbub, 14, college student Shahin, 18, died on the spot in the clash while locals Mahfuj, 45, and Mizanur, 50, died on the way to Bhola Sadar Hospital.
Bhola Civil Surgeon Dr Rathindra Nath Majumder confirmed the deaths.
The injured have been admitted to the Upazila Health Complex, Bhola Sadar Hospital and Barishal's Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.
Talking to UNB, Sarkar Mohammad Kawsar, Superintendent of Bhola Police said: 'a policeman also suffered bullet wounds during the fight'.
Locals and police sources said, a message allegedly vilifying the prophet of Islam was sent to several Facebook friends through messenger from a Hindu man’s Facebook ID.
Meanwhile, one platoon of BGB troops was sent to the spot in helicopters while another three platoons were sent by road to quell the situation,” said Md Shariful Islam, public relations officer at the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) headquarters.
Besides, one platoon of Bangladesh Coast Guard have been deployed on the spot, said Lt Hayat-Ibne-Siddique, media officer of Coast Guard headquarters.