Bangladesh on Sunday deployed troops in the country’s north as six more people were killed in fresh rioting over death sentence given to a top Islamist opposition leader for crimes against humanity during the 1971 liberation war, taking the death toll to 56.

Six people were killed as police used gunshots on Sunday morning when Jamaat activists attacked a police station near an army cantonment at Shahjahanpur of north-western Bogra.

Jamaat activists overnight torched a train and attacked several police installations in north-western Bangladesh, as they enforced a nationwide 48-hour stoppage to halt ongoing trial of their leaders.

Violence broke out on Thursday after Delwar Hossain Sayedee, vice-president of the Jamaat-e-Islami, was sentenced to death by International Crimes Tribunal.

A local journalist quoting officials said Army troops were called out from nearby Bogra cantonment to tame the protesters, who also attacked two other police outposts and set ablaze a local office of Muktijoddha Sangsad of 1971 freedom fighters.