On 20 August 2023, police officers deployed tear gas and live ammunition during clashes with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) supporters in eastern Habiganj town – located approximately 115 km (70 mi) northeast of the capital Dhaka. Police officers responded after a small contingent of demonstrators of the thousands of BNP supporters gathered attempted to break through a security barricade, threw rocks and physically assaulted security personnel. At least 300 people were injured, including dozens of police officers. The protest occurred amid a dispute over the impartiality of the government organization that will oversee the country’s January 2024 general election.