4 killed in Bangla clashes over sentence

Dhaka, Feb. 6 (PTI): Four people were killed overnight as violence between Jamaat-e-Islami activists and the police continued unabated after Jamaat assistant secretary general Abdul Kader Mollah was sentenced to life for 1971 war crimes by a special tribunal here yesterday.

Five of the six charges against Mollah were proved during the trial.

Authorities called paramilitary troops to guard Dhaka as political violence between the police and Jamaat activists claimed four in the port city of Chittagong.

The party called a nationwide shutdown for the second consecutive day to halt trials of their several top leaders for 1971 war crimes.

Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at Jamaat activists on the outskirts of Dhaka and southwestern Khulna. Protesters burst homemade bombs in the country's north but there were no reports of injuries.

In Dhaka, protesters thronged a major square demanding tougher punishment for Mollah, prompting a government decision to appeal against the verdict. "We have decided to file the appeal in the Appellate Division (of the Supreme Court)," attorney general Mahbubey Alam said.

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