Mass demonstrations erupted after Delwar Hossain Sayedee died in jail from a coronary heart assault.
An estimated 50,000 folks have attended the funeral of an influential non secular chief in Bangladesh whose dying in jail triggered mass protests.
Delwar Hossain Sayedee, 83, was sentenced to dying in 2013 for rape, homicide and the persecution of Hindu Bangladeshis in the course of the nation’s struggle for independence in 1971.
Sayedee, whose sentence was later lowered to “imprisonment until dying”, died on Monday after struggling a coronary heart assault in a jail outdoors the capital Dhaka, prompting protests throughout the town that turned violent when police moved in to disperse the demonstrators.
There was heavy police safety on the funeral on Tuesday at Sayedee’s hometown within the coastal Pirojpur district.
“Some 50,000 folks joined the funeral prayer,” the deputy police chief for the district, Sheikh Mustafizur Rahman, instructed the Agence France-Presse information company.
Elsewhere within the nation, one particular person was killed throughout a confrontation between police and a gaggle making an attempt to carry a memorial ceremony for Sayedee.
“They gathered and needed to carry a funeral prayer, stoking a conflict between them and police,” Chakaria obligation police officer Mohammed Selim Mia instructed AFP. “One particular person has died and a few extra have been injured, together with our policemen.”
Sayedee was vice chairman of the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami social gathering, a hardline political group with an enormous following regardless of being banned for a lot of its historical past.
The social gathering stays controversial for supporting Bangladesh’s continued union with Pakistan in the course of the former nation’s brutal 1971 civil struggle.
Sayedee rose to prominence within the Nineteen Eighties after he began preaching in a number of the Muslim-majority nation’s prime mosques.
In his heyday, he would draw a whole bunch of hundreds to his speeches, recordings of which have been broadly distributed.
Mass protests after conviction
His conviction a decade in the past by a struggle crimes tribunal – criticised by rights teams for a number of procedural shortcomings – triggered the deadliest protests in Bangladesh’s historical past with at the least 100 folks killed within the clashes that adopted.
Information of Sayedee’s dying on Monday night time introduced hundreds of his social gathering’s supporters into the streets to chant anti-government slogans.
“We gained’t let the blood of Sayedee go in useless,” supporters shouted. Many criticised the federal government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which is making ready for a basic election slated for January.
Police reportedly dispersed protesters with rubber bullets and tear gasoline earlier than daybreak.