Protesters, police clash in Bangladesh over Modi visit

The violence escalated with protesters throwing projectiles, while police fired rubber bullets, threw projectiles and deployed water cannons in the area near the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

The Islamist activists have been protesting since a week ago, accusing Modi of stoking religious tensions, according to local media reports, which added that about 40 people were injured from Friday's (March 26) clash.

Earlier, Modi was welcomed to Bangladesh by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the airport in Dhaka and witnessed the laying of a wreath at the National Martyrs' Memorial. He is on a two-day visit to Bangladesh during which he will take part in the National Day celebrations.