At least 35 of protesters and police were injured in a clash between police and activists of left-leaning organisations who gathered at Dhaka University on Friday evening to mourn and protest the custodial death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed.
Twenty of the injured were protesters and 15 were policemen. Later, police reportedly arrested seven protesters from the spot.
The incident took place when the protesters brought out a torchlight procession in the area around 7pm.
"The protesters were marching towards Shahbagh and we tried to disperse them. But they carried out attack and threw brickbats at us. Around 14 policemen, including me, sustained injuries in the incident," he said.
Samajtantrik Chhatra Front President Salman Siddiqui said some 20 protesters were injured in the clash. He also announced that the protesting organisations will bring out a rally from the Raju Memorial Sculpture tomorrow noon, protesting against the police attack on them.
Writer Mushtaq, who was detained in a case under Digital Security Act (DSA) last year, fell sick in Kashimpur jail and later died on Thursday.