2nd day blockade in progress amid stray incidentsNew Age Online
The second day of the nationwide 72-hour road-rail-waterway blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, is progressing amid stray incidents of crude bomb blasts, clashes and arson on Sunday, UNB reported.
The blockade started at 6:00am Saturday and it will continue until 6:00am Tuesday if it is not extended further as done during the previous two spells.
Besides, a 24-hour shutdown, enforced by city unit BNP, protesting the arrest of its convener Sadeque Hossain Khoka, is continuing amid the blockade programme.
The shutdown which began at 6:00 am in the city will end at 6:00am on Monday.
Opposition activists blasted crude bombs and brought out processions in different parts of the capital, including Uttar Badda, Naya Bazar and Basabo areas.
Blockaders also set a bus ablaze at Matuail around 6:00 am. However, fire fighters doused the fire.
In Laxmipur, the Jamaat-Shibir activists put up barricade at different points on Laxmipur-Dhaka highway by placing logs and burning tyres.
The blockade supporters brought out separate processions at Mandani Bazar, Dalal Bazar, College road, Noth Temuhoni and South Temuhoni.
In Bogra, opposition activists blocked Bogra-Rangpur highway by burning tyres and placing logs at Matidhali crossing and brought out procession at Yakubia crossing in the town.
In Natore, blockaders vandalised a covered van of courier service at Harishpur bypass crossing in the town.
Meanwhile, the first day of the blockade was marked by stray incidents like clashes, arson attacks, bomb blasts and vandalism in different parts of the country.
After the end of 131-hour blockade programme protesting the election schedule, BNP joint secretary general Salauddin Ahmed on Thursday announced the 72-hour nationwide blockade through a video message sent from an undisclosed location.
The opposition combine has already enforced 202 hours of road-rail-waterway blockade across the country in two spells -– 71-hour and 131-hour ones — after the announcement of the election schedule for the 10th parliamentary elections that left at least 45 people dead.
On November 25, the Chief Election Commissioner announced that the 10th parliamentary elections will be held on January 5 next.
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