Bangladesh army sees politicians behind riots

Bangladesh's army chief has accused politicians ousted by the military-backed government of instigating riots that prompted a curfew, official media said on Sunday.

Bangladesh army sees politicians behind riots
Bangladesh's army chief has accused politicians ousted by the military-backed government of instigating riots that prompted a curfew, official media said on Sunday.

The leading cities of Bangladesh, which has been under a state of emergency since January 11, were put under curfew on Wednesday following three days of rioting which spread from the capital Dhaka.

Army chief General Moeen U Ahmed termed the trouble "a conspiracy of a quarter of corrupt and dishonest politicians to destroy the image of the goverment," the BSS news agency said.

The military-backed administration took charge of the country a day after the emergency was imposed and elections cancelled, following months of violence over vote-rigging allegations.

It has launched a massive anti-corruption crackdown and promised to reinstate democracy through rescheduled elections by late next year.

Moeen "reiterated that the election will be held by December 2008," while speaking to officials in the central town of Shariatpur on Saturday, BBS added.

Head of the interim government Fakhruddin Ahmed announced the curfew on Wednesday, saying it was necessary to prevent "anarchy."

The government lifted the curfew for most of Friday and Saturday.

Sunday's curfew would be lifted for 18 hours from early morning to 11:00 pm (1700 GMT), the government said in a statement.

The curfew followed protests at Dhaka University after students were manhandled by army personnel.

Although the government quickly agreed to student demands to close a campus army post, the violence spread to other universities.

The government earlier accused politically-motivated troublemakers without any genuine grievance of hijacking the demonstrations.

Protests and party political acitivty have been banned since the emergency was imposed.

AFP
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