Two killed, 70 injured on second day of hartalNew Age Online
At least two people were killed and over 70, including policemen, were injured in clashes that erupted in places across the country on Thursday, the second consecutive day of Jamaat-called 48-hour shutdown.
A Jamaat-e-Islami activist was killed in police fire in Meherpur while a CNG-run auto-rickshaw passenger succumbed to injuries he sustained when pickets hurled stones at his auto-rickshaw in Sirajganj.
The killing of two people on Thursday took the total death toll during the Jamaat-called 48-hour hartal to three as a CNG-driven auto-rickshaw driver succumbed to his injury on Wednesday in Feni as pickets pelted stones at his vehicle.
Besides, three of the injured who sustained burn injuries while driving cars during hartal hours in Gazipur, Comilla and Bogra were rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital in critical condition as most part of their body was burnt, when pickets set the vehicles on fire.
Jamaat observed the second day of the 48-hour non-stop countrywide general strike beginning Wednesday morning. The shutdown will end tomorrow at 6:00am.
The second day of strike was relaxed in the capital Dhaka. But pickets attacked police in Sylhet, torched and vandalised buses in Dhaka, Comilla, Gazipur, Bogra.
Vehicle movement on the highways remained suspended across the country. Most of the business houses and educational institutions remained closed. Shortly after the Appellate Division on Tuesday handed the party’s assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla death sentence on an appeal against an earlier verdict which sentenced him to life imprisonment for war crimes charges, Jamaat, an ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party alliance, called the shutdown.
The party said that it called for the general strike ‘demanding release of its detained leaders, including Abdul Quader Molla, and the reinstatement of the caretaker government system.’
Law enforcers opened fire, lobbed tear shells and charged baton during the clashes that broke out at different places including in Meherpur, Sylhet, Barisal and Bogra, when Jamaat-Shibir men tried to picket.Jamaat-Shibir activists charged handmade crude bombs, attacked law enforcers, torched and vandalised vehicles during the picketing.
Police arrested more than one hundred suspected Jamaat-Shibir men from different places across the country.New Age Meherpur correspondent reported that a Jamaat activist, Delwar Hossain Shahid, 35, died, and at least 35 people including five policemen were injured as a clash broke out between police and Jamaat-Shibir activists at Mujibnagar Upazila in Meherpur district Thursday morning.
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