Schoolboy killed, blockade extended by 72 more hoursStaff Correspondent
A schoolboy was caught in the crossfire and killed in fighting between the police and opposition activists in Sirajganj while clashes at places across the country left dozens injured on Monday as the ongoing rail-road-waterway blockade was extended by another 72 hours.
The capital virtually remained snapped from the rest of the country on the third day of the blockade.
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party joint secretary general Salauddin Ahmed in a video statement recorded at an undisclosed location announced the extension of the blockade till 6:00am Friday since the government was yet to accept the opposition’s demand for holding the next general elections under a non-party administration.
Sporadic clashes between the police and blockaders, torching of vehicles and crude bomb explosions at places across the country marked the third day of countrywide blockade and a general strike on Monday.
Besides, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami enforced a dawn-to-dusk hartal in protest at the government’s ‘conspiracy’ to ‘kill’ its assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla.
New Age Sirajganj correspondent reported that 10-year-old schoolboy Alamgir Rahman Sumon, was caught in the crossfire and killed during a gunfight between the police and activists of the BNP and Jamaat in Sirajganj sadar.
Sadar police officer-in-charge Habibul Islam said that bomb-throwing fought running battles with the police in Bohuli Bazar area in the morning forcing the police to fire rubber bullets and tear gas that left 15 people, including sadar police sub-inspector Nurul Islam, injured.
The police recovered Sumon’s body after the situation calmed.
The body was sent to Sadar hospital morgue for autopsy.
A truck driver and his helper suffered burns when blockaders set their vehicle on fire in Debidwar upazila of Comilla in the early hours of Monday.
The helper Mujibur Rahman, 35, was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital with severe burns while the driver Abdur Rahman, 47, was admitted to Comilla Sadar hospital.
In the capital, Shibir activist Md Ashraful Alam, 24, was injured in clashes with the police at Jatrabari in the morning.
Jatrabari police sub-inspector Pradip Dwip said that the Shibir men had vandalised three or four vehicles, torched a human hauler and blasted several crude bombs around 9:00am on and around Shaheed Faruk road.
Six people, including Ashraful with bullet injuries, were arrested after the clashes.
The injured was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Pickets also blasted crude bombs at Madhya Badda, Shanir Akhra, Mirpur 1 and Kafrul.
An attempt by blockaders to set fire to railway at Tejgaon was foiled by the police in the morning.
Police arrested Shahnur, 30, at Gulshan 2 while she was fleeing after hurling crude bombs at about 08:50am, said Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Gulshan police station.
Police fired rubber bullets to disperse Shibir men after clashes at Nayanagar under Bhatara police station in the city.
Police in separate drives in Badda area in the morning arrested eight alleged Jamaat-Shibir men.
Activists of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal brought out a procession at Lalbagh in Old Dhaka in the morning. The marchers blasted several crude bombs, said Lalbagh police officer-in-charge Nurul Mustakim.
Miscreants torched a bus that was to carry apparel workers and damaged a few others at Savar Bazar bus stand around 7:00am, said Savar police OC Mustafa Kamal.
No casualties were reported.
In Chittagong, at least two policemen were injured in a bomb attack by blockaders in Mia Khan area of Bakolia around 9:00am.
Sub-inspector Anwar and assistant sub-inspector Moinul were admitted to Chittagong Medical College Hospital with injuries, said Kotwali zone assistant commissioner Mirza Sayem Mahmud.
Police arrested 12 suspected attackers.
In Barisal, police fired tear gas to disperse activists of Chhatra Dal and Shibir who were damaging rickshaws in BM College area in the morning.
New Age correspondent in Jessore reported that at least 13 people were injured in separate clashes between activists of Shibir and Chhatra Legaue at Nawapara and Monirampur.
The clashes erupted when rival processions came face to face and hurled bombs at each other.
In Sylhet, 25 people were injured as Jamaat-Shibir activists clashed with police and vandalised at least five vehicles.
Police detained 11 Jammat-Shibir men and fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the protesters.
The Jamaat-Shibir men also attacked the railway station on Sunday night vandalising computers, printers and burnt documents and took away cash money from the counter.
Two railway employees – Shafiqur Rahman and Abdul Zalil – were injured in the attack.
Blockaders torched two trucks in Bogra town and attacked the district Election Commission office in the morning leaving an officer, Zahidul Islam Zahid injured. They also hurled bombs at the local Awami League office at Satmatha.
New Age Pirojpur correspondent reported that clashes between blockaders and police and Awami League activists left at least 30 people injured in Mathbaria upazila.
Police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to calm the situation.
In Rajshahi, five people were injured as Shibir men and police clashed in Shalban Bazar area.
Eight students were injured when police opened fire to break up a procession of Chhatra Dal at Rajshahi University around 11:00am.
Violence, arson and attacks vehicles were also reported from Narayanganj, Sirajganj, Ramgarh of Khagrachari, Rangpur and Chandpur.
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