- 5 people were killed during clashes on Friday
- Clashes erupted following protest over Narendra Modi's visit
- Hefazat called a protest on Saturday
- They will also enforce a hartal on Sunday
Hefazat-e-Islam leader Mamunul Haque today said that the government has stained the Independence Day by killing activists of the party on Friday when they were protesting Narendra Modi's Bangladesh visit.
Leaders and activists of the Islamist group clashed with police and ruling Awami League men on Friday in Dhaka, Chattogram and Brahmanbaria, when they were barred from protesting Modi's visit. At least five people were killed and dozens injured during the clashes.
"The deaths of the Hefazat activists will be avenged. Their families must also be compensated by the government," Hefazat Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque said during a protest in Baitul Mukarram area today.
He also threatened to launch a tougher movement if the government tries to hinder their Sunday's nationwide hartal.
More than three thousand activists of Hefazat-e-Islam have started a rally today protesting Friday's police action.
Earlier today in a statement, Hefazat Ameer Junaid Babunagari also vowed to avenge the deaths of its activists. He said the incident of police firing on a peaceful movement can never be accepted.
Meanwhile, the government has deployed Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members in Dhaka, Chattogram, Brahmanbaria and other parts of the country to control law and order as Islamist parties are protesting over Modi's visit. Besides, police have also been asked to stay alert across the country.