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3,000 Bangladesh police deployed in capital

3,000 Bangladesh police deployed in capital

Bangladeshi authorities deployed more than 3,000 police Wednesday in the capital to prevent any trouble during New Year's revelry or by supporters of political parties after this week's national elections.
Clashes between rival political supporters are common in this South Asian nation. A 15-party alliance that won Monday's vote by a landslide urged supporters not to hold victory rallies before results are officially announced later this week.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Naim Ahmed said police will not prevent celebrations as long as they don't disrupt the public.
"Our prime duty is to maintain law and order, not to hinder anybody's enthusiastic activities," Ahmed told reporters at his office Wednesday.
An alliance led by former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won 262 of Parliament's 300 seats Monday in polls to end two years of military-backed rule that were proclaimed free and fair by foreign observers.
However, her rival, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, rejected the outcome and alleged widespread fraud, indicating Hasina will find it difficult to escape the paralyzing power struggles, street protests and corruption that have long plagued the country.


Updated : 2021-02-26 21:11 GMT+08:00