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Violence flares up in Bangladesh.

Dhaka: Authorities overnight called out paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) as nationwide violence over the trial of 1971 Liberation War time "crimes against humanity" left at least 46 people dead and scores injured, officials said.

"Our troops were deployed in 15 troubled districts in aide of civil administration... BGB has been kept alert so it could move immediately wherever they are required," BGB chief major General Aziz Ahmad told Gulf News.

His comments came as fresh violence claimed three more lives on Friday, while reports suggested that law enforcement agencies appeared to be the prime target of Jamt-e-Islami (JeI) activists.

The situation prompted local authorities to enforce ban of rally of more than four people under section 144 of Criminal Procedure Code in troubled areas -- a stronghold of the JeI activists.

The government move came as violence erupted across Bangladesh after a special tribunal handed down death penalty to the JeI stalwart Delwar Hossain Sayedee for "crimes against humanity" during 1971 Liberation War.

Tens of thousands of youngsters joined by 1971 veterans and ruling Awami League supporters took to the streets in Dhaka and other cities across the country to celebrate the verdict against Sayedee, while they also continued to stage a round-the-clock vigil at Dhaka's Shahbagh Square demanding the ban on JeI.

But the activists of JeI, which opposed to Bangladesh's 1971 independence from Pakistan, turned violent as they denounced the judgement and demanded immediate release of their several top leaders facing charges of mass killings, arson and atrocities.

The activists clashed with police and went on rampage, beating to death four policemen. They also attacked police camps, snatched their weapons and set ablaze offices of the Awami League in different parts of the country.

Four policemen were killed at north-western Gaibandha, one of the worst scenes of the violence, where the fresh unrest on Friday left one ruling Awami League activist dead.

Meanwhile, railway officials said Chittagong port city's train link with Dhaka and Sylhet remained snapped for hours as suspected JeI members uprooted "fish plates" of railway tracks on Thursday night.

Inspector general of police Hassan Mahmoud Khondker, said JeI could have launched their attacks targeting police in recent weeks as part of their strategy to terrorise people, but "policemen are trained to tackle any such situation".

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Date:Mar 2, 2013
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