Several hundred thousand supporters of the conservative Hefazat-e-Islami group, which is based on traditional madras’s religious schools, launched their protest on Sunday 05 May, 2013. When they blocked several key roads into the city and clashed with police in the central Dhaka several of their supporters were killed and many more were critical injured during their clash with police. Hefajat-e Islami Bangladesh protests continue demanding a new blasphemy law include their 13 point.
The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the country’s main Islamic party, claims that hundreds of people were killed when the police broke up the protests. The police, meanwhile, have counted 38 dead so far, and said dozens more were being treated in local hospitals. They also announced the arrest of 194 Hefajat-e-Islam activists.