20 hurt in Bangladesh strike clash
Published 08/04/2013 | 09:36
At least 20 people have been injured in south-western Bangladesh as a hardline Islamic group enforces a general strike to back its demands for an anti-blasphemy law.
Police and Somoy TV station said Monday's violence took place in Chittagong city when activists from Hifazat-e-Islam clashed with ruling Awami League supporters.
Police official Abdullahel Baki said the Hifazat-e-Islam protesters threw stones at police and the ruling party supporters.
The TV station said one ruling party member was hit by a bullet, but it was not immediately clear who fired it.
The Hifazat-e-Islam protesters also blocked a railway line in eastern Brahmanbaria district to disrupt train services.
The government said it has no plans to enact an anti-blasphemy law or meet other demands from the protesters.