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Blockade underway amid stray incidents in capital

New age Online

The first day of 72-hour countrywide blockade of road, railway and waterways, enforced by the BNP-led opposition alliance is underway amid stray incidents of violence, vandalising vehicles and crude bombs blasts in the capital, Saturday.
Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession at Rampura area in the morning and vandalised some vehicles there. At that time, they also blasted 4/5 crude bombs to create panic. Later, police held two Shibir activists.
In Tejgaon, some activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, tried to create barricade on rail tracks by torching tyres on rail lines near Tejgaon rail station in the morning.
Police detained a person on suspension of blasting hand made bombs near Azimpur Chhapra Mosque area. Earlier, at least four crude bombs were hurled in the area this morning.
Jamaat-Shibir activists also brought out processions at Vasantek and Islampur areas.
The opposition called the fresh blockade programme, demanding cancellation of the national elections schedule and the holding of the elections under a non-party, election-time government.
This is the third spell of blockade. The second one for 131 hours had begun on November 30 and the first one for 71 hours started on November 26.
The BNP’s joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, now the party’s spokesperson, announced the blockade enforcement by a video message from an undisclosed location on Thursday. The blockade will continue till 6:00am Tuesday.
UNB adds around 7:00am, BNP activists brought out a procession at Satrasta intersection of Tejgaon, which was dispersed in police action.
There was a bomb blast.
The blockaders also brought out a procession in Tejgaon truck stand area around 6:45am and they moved towards nearby rail tracks.
On information, police rushed to the spot and dispersed the blockaders.  Around 8:00am, a chase and counter-chase ensued between police and blockaders in Gabtali area.
There also exploded a bomb. Later, police arrested a man from the scene.
At about 4:30am, blockaders set a parked bus afire at Dholaipar in Jatrabari.
In Laxmipur, blockade supporters blocked the Laxmipur-Dhaka Highway by placing logs and burning tyres in separate places of the district.
They brought out separate processions in several parts of the town in the morning. No long-route buses left the district bus terminal.
Additional police forces remained deployed at the important points of the town.
In Bogra, the activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance blocked the Bogra-Rangpour Highway in atidhali area.




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