Mass brawl in Bangladesh over TV soap Kiranmala
With 15 people seriously injured, and police say an altercation broke out on the popular TV drama in Bangladesh to a mass brawl involving hundreds of people.
The villagers in Habiganj district gathered in a cafe to watch the Bengali fiction drama Indian-made Kiranmala.
But when the two men disagree about the plot,
and others took sides and soon hundreds of people were fighting with sticks and knives.
Police used tear gas and rubber grenades to disperse the crowd.
Kiranmala, sci-fi drama about a warrior princess who saves humanity from evil,
and is popular in Bangladesh.
The brawl broke out in a cafe in the village of dhol,
176km (109 miles) north-east of the capital Dhaka.
He said the local police chief Yasinul Hack Shyadul Islam:
“They were two of the men involved in the controversy over the episode, which turned into a clash group,
there were hundreds of people attacking each other with sticks and knives.
“Police had to fire rubber bullets, nine and five tear gas shells to control the crowds, and at least 15 people needed hospital treatment.”
The new agency, told AFP that 100 people at least were wounded during the fighting.
Haque said the brawl began Wednesday night and continued into Thursday morning.
In spite of the progress in India,
Kiranmala are most popular in Bangladesh TV drama in recent years, and watched on a large scale,
and correspondents say.
the media linked the suicide of a local teen girls in Bangladesh for the program, after rumors of their parents refused to buy the dress worn by the princess.