Bangladesh opposition figure detained amid protests
Bangladesh police detained Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir of the opposition party BNP for questioning, a day after violent clashes broke out in the capital, Dhaka
Bangladesh police on Sunday, 29 October, arrested Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir from the country's main opposition party, even as a nationwide strike began.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Habibur Rahman said Alamgir had been "detained for interrogation".
Rahman told the AFP news agency that Alamgir would be questioned over the violence that broke out on Saturday, 28 October, in which a police officer and a protester were killed and at least 26 police ambulances were torched or damaged.
Alamgir has not been charged with anything. He was picked up from his residence in the capital city, Dhaka, opposition party official Shairul Kabir said.
The 75-year-old is the general secretary of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Protest turns violent
The BNP announced a nationwide general strike on Sunday after calling off a mass demonstration against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Violent clashes broke out during the protests on Saturday, with more than 100,000 opposition supporters gathering in the capital.
Protesters clashed with police in at least three places outside Dhaka as the strike began on Sunday, private broadcaster Channel 24 reported.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse people in Comilla, Sylhet and Bogra districts.
The BNP and its allies have been calling for Hasina's resignation. They want administrative power to be transferred to a non-partisan caretaker government to oversee the upcoming general elections.
Alamgir has led the BNP since the arrest and imprisonment of former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
Hasina, who is the daughter of the country's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, has been in power for 15 years.
The Hasina administration has been accused of detaining opposition figures and killing activists in extrajudicial encounters.