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One cop killed, 9 injured after blast at Bangladesh Eid prayers

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DHAKA — Almost a week after the gruesome Dhaka attack, a bomb explosion rocked Bangladesh’s Kishoreganj district today killing one policeman and leaving nine injured.

Police and local media said the blast occurred at a school outside the prayer ground at Sholakia Eidgah of Kishoreganj district where at least 200,000 people were gathered.

According to Dhaka Tribune, a hand bomb was thrown at policemen near Azim Uddin High School situated at a distance of around one kilometer from the Sholakia eidgah. The incident took place at 9:30 am in the morning.

The policeman has been identified as Zahirul Islam.

It was not immediately clear how many bombs may have exploded in the district of Kishoreganj, north of the capital of Dhaka. But police said at least one erupted at a prayer meeting where many had gathered for prayers on the Muslim holiday of Eid-al-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan.

“One police constable is dead and at least five others were injured,” Mahbub, a police officer in the Kishoreganj control room, told AFP.

The private Somoy TV station broadcast footage of a gunfight between police and a group of attackers and reported the policeman had been hacked to death.

With inputs from AFP

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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