Boy killed in Sirajganj as blockade continues for 3rd day amid violence, UPDATENew Age Online
A 10-year-old disabled boy was killed during clashes between police and opposition Jamaat-e-Islami activists on the 3rd day of the nationwide 72-hour road-rail-waterway blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, on Monday.
The unidentified boy received injuries in his throat, with police claiming he was hit by splinters of crude bombs hurled by Jamaat activists. The Jamaat activists, however, claimed the boy died after being hit by a rubber bullet fired by police.
The boy was taken to Sirajganj Sadar Hospital by police for autopsy.
A series of chase and counter-chase took place during the Jamaat-police clash which began at 11-00am and was continuing till writing of this report.
Police used rubber bullets and tear gas shells to disperse the Jamaat activists who were trying to block vehicular movement through a key road in Sirajganj by placing logs on the road. The Jamaat activists responded by throwing stones and crude bombs.
The fresh spell of blockade programme started at 6:00am Saturday and will continue until 6:00am Tuesday unless extended further as done during the previous two spells.
A countrywide daylong hartal was enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami, a member of the 18-party alliance, Monday simultaneously with the blockade protesting issuance of warrant of execution of death sentence for its leader Abdul Quader Mollah on war crime charges.
Our reporter, quoting police sources, said an activist of Jamaat’s student wing Islami Chatra Shibir was injured in a bomb blast near Sayedabad area at 9-00am. Shibir activists, however, claimed he was shot by police. The injured Shibir activist was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment.
A human hauler was set ablaze by a group of miscreants on Shahid Faruq Road in Jatrabari. None was injured in the incident, Pradip Deep, assistant sub-inspector of Jatrabari police station, told New Age.
Police arrested a woman named Shahnur, 30, from near Hotel Westin in Gulshan-2 while fleeing after hurling crude bombs in the area at about 08:50am, said Noor-e-Azam, an inspector under Gulshan police station, told New Age.
Activists of Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebok Dal staged a march on the streets in Lalbag in the morning. Several crude bombs were blasted during the march, Nurul Mustakim, officer-in-charge of Lalbagh police station, said.
UNB report: the opposition activists blasted six crude bombs at Shanir Akhra in Jatrabari and Mirpur-1 in the morning.
Police fired several rounds of bullet to disperse them in Shanir Akhra.
Unidentified blockaders tried to block rail line by torching tyres in Tejgaon area at about 6:15am. Police rushed to the spot and doused the blaze.
Rickshaws and auto-rickshaws dominated the city streets in the morning. But local busses were seen plying on the city streets, with few passengers. No inter-city buses left Mohakhali, Sayedabad and Gabtoli terminals.
Large contingents of law enforcers were deployed in key points in the city to guard against any untoward incident.
UNB, quoting its Lakshmipur correspondent, reports: At least nine crude bombs were exploded as Jamaat-Shibir activists blocked several points of the district by placing logs and burning tyres during the daylong countrywide strike called by Jamaat-e-Islami.
The hatral supporters brought out separate processions at Mandani Bazar, Joksin, Dalal Bazar, College road, North Temuhoni and South Temuhoni.
Pickets set vehicles on fire in Satkania of Chittagong and Savar of Dhaka. Several crude bombs were reportedly blasted in Khulna, Rangpur and Sylhet districts.
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