BNP-led hartal hits life in Bangladesh

Last Updated: Wed, Mar 27, 2013 13:02 hrs
BNP-led hartal hits life in Bangladesh

The nationwide 36-hour hartal (strike) called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18-party opposition on Wednesday disrupted normal life as stray incidents of violence were reported from different parts of the country.

Khaleda Zia´s BNP-led oppostion has called the strike to press for release of the leaders and activists arrested on Mar 11.

In order to maintain law and order in Dhaka, large contingents of police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) have been deployed in the city.

Very few buses and CNG-run three-wheelers were seen in the city.

Schools and business establishments remained closed on Wednesday.

In Chittagong city, pro-hartal activists torched four vehicles.

"BNP activists hurled four homemade bombs on police while law enforcers resisted their procession at Alangkar intersection in Pahartoli area of the city around 11:15 am," The Daily Star reported quoting a witness.

"Islami Chhatra Shibir activists brought out a procession and put barricade by burning tyres on a road in Rahmatganj area around 7:30 am," the newspaper reported.

In Narayanganj city, at least five people were injured when BNP workers clashed with the police at around 6 am.

The pro-hartal activists torched seven vehicles in the city, reports said.

Miscreants blasted three homemade bombs at Shaheed Faruk Road in Jatrabari area of the country.

Clashes were reported from Rajshahi city.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir on Wedesday denied reports of issuing shoot-at-sight orders for law enforcers to control miscreants in the country.

"Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir on Wednesday denied issuing shoot-at-sight orders for law enforcers to tackle miscreants who would try to carry out subversive activities like arson and vandalism on the highways or railway tracks," The Daily Star reported.

Bangladesh has witnessed violence in recent times since Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death by a tribunal for several crimes like mass killings, torture, rape and looting and forcible religious conversion during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 when the country attained freedom from Pakistan after a bloody struggle that left countless dead and thousands of women outraged.

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