Hartal underway amid stray incidents in divisions, distsNew Age Online
The 48-hour countrywide general strike called by Bangladesh Jaamat-e-Islami began with stray incidents, mostly outside the capital Dhaka, on Wednesday morning.
In Rajshahi, pickets burnt a truck at Khorkhori about 6:00am, the police said.
RMP additional commissioner Sarder Tamij Uddin said that pickets had blocked the Rajshahi-Naogaon Highway at Shalbagan about 7:00am.
The police charged at the pickets with truncheons, fired teargas shells, rubber bullets and cleared the blockade half an hour after,he added.
Three pickets were injured; two of them were sent to Islami Bank Medical Collage Hospital.
Tamij Uddin also said that security had been beefed up in the Rajshahi city to head off any untoward incidents.
In Barisal, pickets exploded crude bombs and damaged two rickshaws near BM College early morning.
The pickets also pelted stones, tried to block the roads with tree logs and burning tyres at Nabagram, Lakutia, Puran Para, Kalijira, Kashipur and Rupatali in the city.
The city unit Awami League brought out an procession against the general strike. The unit also held a rally in front of the Ashwini Kumar Town Hall in the morning.
In Satkhira, 10-15 inter-city buses from Dhaka were escorted by the police and Border Guard Bangladesh to the bordering city.
The superintendent of police, Mollah Jahangir Hossain, said pickets had damaged 5-6 buses about 7:30am at Kadamtola Bazar on the outskirts of Satkhira.
The pickets pelted the lawmen with stones as the police tried to disperse them by firing 20 teargas shells and five to seven rounds of rubber bullets.
Three sustained injuries with bullets. One of them is Shibir activist Monirul Islam.
In Khulna, Shibir activists exploded four crude bombs about 7:30am at Alamnagar. The Khalishpur police officer-in-charge, Shukumar Biswas, said they had arrested two activists at the spot --- Mohaiminul Islam, 20 and Saifullah Al Masud, 22.
A case was filed, he added.
Vehicles were plying roads in Khulna as usual without facing trouble till 12:00 noon.
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