Sporadic clashes mark hartal on final dayNew Age Online
The second day of the 48-hour general strike called by the Jamaat-e-Islami began amid sporadic clashes between police and Jamaat-Shibir activists, witnesses and police said.
More vehicles and commuters were seen on city streets today (Wednesday) than Tuesday.
In Dhaka Jamaat-Shibir activists brought out intermittent processions. They also locked into clashes with police that left one Shibir leader killed in Jatrabari area.
AFP adds: Jamaat ordered the two-day protest strike after Bangladesh's high court ruled earlier this month the party's election registration was illegal because its charter breached the secular constitution.
As per the High Court the ruling, Jamaat will not be able to contest in the next year's general elections.
Local media, quoting witnesses, said the 20-year-old man killed was a Jamaat activist who was shot in the head on Wednesday, the final day of the two-day strike.
But police said the man died after being hit by a car as he was chased by security forces during the clash.
"They attacked us with stones and threw crude bombs at us. We dispersed them by firing rubber bullets," Rafiqul Islam, police chief in Jatrabari in Dhaka, told AFP.
Hospital officials said they could not comment on the cause of death before an autopsy report.
Reports from our district correspondents:
In Barisal, pickets tried to blockade various parts of roads by putting logs at Nabogram, Lakutia, Kalijira, Kashipur and Rupatali areas.
They blasted a crude bomb at Lalkutia area.
Jamaat-Shibir activists vandalised two vehicles that included a truck in Barisal.
In Khulna, hartal activists blasted several crude bombs at Alamnagar, Basupara and Tootpara areas between 6:30am and 8:00am.
Forces of Border Guard Bangladesh, Rapid Action Battalion and police were deployed at several key points of Khulna city to maintain law and order during hartal period.
In Comilla, at least three covered vans were vandalised at Chauddagram bazaar area under Chauddagram upazila at about 7:30am.
Officer in charge of Chauddagram police station Ismail Miah said two platoon BGB force were deployed here to take the situation under control.
At least 18 people were injured as local activists of Awami League and Jamaat-Shibir activists locked in clashes at Fayazganj area in Sadar Dakkshin upazila under Comilla at about 9:30 am.
On information, police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.
A Shibir leader, Wahidunnabi, lodged a case accusing Awami League leader Md Masum of carrying out attacks on Shibir activists. Another case was lodged by Daudkandi police station accusing Shibir activists of vandalising and damaging properties. Some 52 activists were named in the police-filed case.
Of the injured, two were admitted to different hospitals in critical conditions.
In Sylhet, hartal was underway peacefully till 1.30pm.
Jamaat-Shbir activists brought out processions at medical college road, Pathantula and Kumargaon Temukhi in the city to drum up supports in favour of the strike.
In Chittagong, Shibir activists set off cocktails at various point of the port city. Police detained two of the pickets for the blast. Refusing the hartal, city Awami League staged demonstration.
In Rajshahi the nationwide general strike was passing peaceful amid strict security.
Strike supporters did not get the chance to take to the streets due to heavy deployment of police and BGB personnel, police said.
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