Arson, blast mark oppositionÃ¢€™s blockade in capitalNew Age Online
Arson and sporadic blasts marked the opposition enforced blockade on Monday in the capital. Besides, blockade supporters brought out several flash rallies in different part of the city, police and witnesses said.
A pregnant woman named Shirin Akter was burnt in an arson attack by blockade supporters at about 8.00am in Demra. She has been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Shahin, the husband of Shirin, said his wife was going to her workplace at Kachpur, riding an auto-rickshaw. As she reached Natunbazaar bridge area of Demra, some three miscreants set ablaze the auto-rickshaw.
Blockade supporters allegedly torched a human hauler and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at about 9.00am at Mitford area in the old town, said additional commissioner (Lalbagh zone) of DMP Abdus Salam.
Miscreants tried to set ablaze a bus of Safety Paribahan near Dhakeswari temple at about 9.40am, witnesses said.
Lalbagh police sub-inspector Sarwar Hossain told New Age that pretending as passenger, a youth tried to set fire to a seat of the bus. But locals put off the fire, soon.
At 7.30am, blockade supporters hurled four crude bombs targeting police car at Karwan Bazaar.
Witnesses said two to three youth fled after hurling those bombs to a running police car in front of CA Bhaban in Karwan Bazaar.
Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner, Tejgaon zone, Biplab Biswash said four cocktails were hurled at police car but none was hurt in the incident.
Pro-blockade supporters hurled four crude bombs in front of the Deputy Commissioners office in the afternoon.
At 7.00am, some Jamaat-Shibir activists set fire on the road pouring petrol following a flash rally on Beribadh road in Kamrangichar. Police fired rubber bullets as they hurled crude bombs on duty police, witnesses said.
Police picked up a Shibir activist, Masum, from the spot.
At 8.00am, Shibir men set ablaze on roads pouring petrol after a rally at in front of Border Guard Bangladesh’s headquarters at Dhanmondi, witnesses said.
At about 9.00am, Shibir activists tried to bring out a rally in the Nawabganj Road in the old town. Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to disperse the rally, injuring Shibir publicity secretary of city unit (east), Abdul Kader.
Lalbagh police OC Nurul Mustakim confirmed the news.
Police nabbed three Sweshasebak Dal activists including its joint secretary of Mirpur unit Sagir Hossain after a police chase when the blockade supporters tried to bring out a rally in Mirpur-1 area.
Mirpur OC Salahuddin Ahmed said the police also recovered three cocktails from their possessions.
Shibir activists chased the police as they tried to intercept their rally at about 9.00am in Natun Badda, witnesses said.
Police left the place after the shibir men hurled three crude bombs aiming them. Later they vandalized three vehicles including one owned by the police.
Witnesses said some four youth set afire to a Leguna pouring petrol at Babubazaar bridge area at about 9.40am. Locals doused the flame. No casualty was reported in the incident.
At about 10.00am, some Islami Chhatra Shibir activists blasted five crude bombs at Roy Sahib Bazaar on English Road in the old town.
Wari police OC Tapon Saha said the miscreants managed to flee the scene before police reached there.
Miscreants hurled crude bombs at motorcar of Awami League general secretary and LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam at about 8.15am at Tongi.
Ismail Hossain, officer-in-charge of Tongi police, said miscreants hurled three cocktails to the AL leader’s car at in front of Hossain Market in Tongi.
None was hurt in the incident and that the minister left the place safe, he said.
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