At least four dead in Bangladesh Modi protests

At least four people were killed in Bangladesh on Friday (March 26), during demonstrations against a visit by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Dozens were also hurt in the capital Dhaka, where police carrying batons and shields fired rubber bullets and teargas at protesters as they gathered and pelted stones.

Police officials in the city of Chittagong said that at least eight people were brought to a hospital with gunshot wounds and four of them died.

Officials say the protesters there were followers of an Islamist group who accuse Modi of alienating Inda's minority Muslims.

Facebook and its Messenger app, which are often used to organize protests in the country, also appeared to be down in some parts of Bangladesh.

Modi is in the country on a two-day visit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh's independence.

His critics accuse him of pushing a Hindu-first agenda in India, and further marginalizing the smaller Muslim population.