Bangladesh opposition chief Alamgir arrested after clashes

Bangladesh opposition chief Alamgir arrested after clashes

Bangladesh's opposition leader and dozens of members of his party have been arrested after violent anti-government protests in Dhaka.

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), is among those facing charges, an official said.

Tens of thousands of protesters turned out over the weekend, calling for Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's resignation.

One police officer was killed, as well as at least one protester.

There are conflicting reports of why Mr Alamgir, 75, was arrested.

Local media report that he was detained for an alleged attack on the home of Bangladesh's chief justice.

But AFP news agency said he was charged, along with 164 other BNP members, with murder following the death of the police officer at Saturday's protest.

Police said the officer had been hacked to death, and accused BNP activists of the killing.

Protesters and police clashed again on Sunday in multiple locations. Dozens were injured.

👉 Read more here