Pickets block Rajshahi-Natore road during hartalNew Age Online
Pickets blocked the Rajshahi-Natore road at Talaimari area in Rajshahi during the day-long hartal enforced by Islami Chhatra Shibir in four districts of the division on Sunday.
Shibir, the student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called the hartal in Rajshahi, Pabna, Chapainawabganj and Natore demanding release of their eight leaders.
Hartal activists blocked Rajshahi-Natore road by burning tires at about 6:00 am. They also staged demonstration in the area.
Pickets fled the spot as police rushed there and took the situation under control.
As it rained from early morning, violence or picketing was not visible on the highways till noon.
Deputy commissioner of Rajshahi metropolitan police Sardar Tamij Uddin said three-tier security measures were taken to evade violence.
Rapid Action Battalion personnel and plain-clothes police have been deployed at busiest and important points in Rajshahi City, he added.
The situation is under control, Tamij Uddin also said.
RAB-5 on Thursday arrested eight Islami Chhatra Shibir leaders and activists from Malopara area in Rajshahi including Rajshahi University Shibir’s general secretary Saifuddin Yahia.
They were arrested in connection with vandalism and attack on police in Rajshahi.
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