Bangladesh violence toll rises to 42

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 01, 2013 08:05 hrs

Dhaka: The toll in fierce clashes in Bangladesh between activists of an Islamist party and law enforcers over a war-crime trial verdict has risen to 42, the authorities said.

Dozens were injured in about a dozen districts of Bangladesh, Xinhua reported citing an agency.

It was not known whether all the victims were engaged in party politics.

To thwart any further untoward incidents, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) personnel have been deployed in violence-hit cities and towns.

BGB personnel also patrolled some important areas in the capital city from Thursday night.

Clashes, arson, vandalism and detention have also been reported in parts of capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the country since Thursday.

The incidents of violence erupted soon after the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 pronounced the verdict Thursday afternoon, awarding death sentence to Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, a leader of the Jamaat party.

Jamaat says Sayeedi is the victim of political vendetta.

In the violence since Friday, over a dozen people including Jamaat men were dead and scores including policemen and journalists injured in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.

Jamaat says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Bangladesh Awami League party has targeted the party to split the ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia-led 18-party main opposition alliance in which Jamaat is a key ally.

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