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Jamaat man killed on 4th day of blockade

Staff Correspondent

At least one person was killed and 130 others were injured as sporadic street violence and fighting between protesters and police and Ruling party men at places marked the fourth day of the 144-hour road-rail-waterway blockade on Tuesday.
The capital virtually remained cut off from the rest of the country due to the protracted blockade to press for a non-party neutral administration to oversee the general elections.
A Jamaat-e-Islami leader was killed in clashes with local traders led by Awami League activists in Raninagar of Naogaon during the Jamaat-enforced hartal alongside the blockade while a BNP activist died of brain haemorrhage while shouting slogans in support of the blockade in Khulna.
Alongside the blockade, Jamaat-e-Islami enforced a daylong hartal in protest at the death warrant against its assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Molla.
New Age correspondent in Naogaon reported that Jamaat activist Shukbar Ali, 25, died in the afternoon from head injuries he had suffered in the morning in clashes with local traders led by Awami League activists, said Naogaon superintendent of police Quamuzzaman Khan.
Witnesses said the local traders and AL activists had put up resistance when the Jamaat men started vandalising shops in Abadpukur of Raninagar. The clashes left Shukbar, among 19 others, injured.
Shukbar died on way to Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, said local Jamaat ameer Mostafa.
New Age correspondent in Khulna reported that a BNP activist, Helal, had suffered brain haemorrhage while shouting slogans in a procession at Goalkhali in the city. He died on way to hospital.
Our correspondent in Rajshahi reported that at least 40 Jamaat-Shibir men and four police personnel were injured in violent clashes at Binodpur Bazar in the city in the morning.
Motihar police officer-in-charge Abdul Majid was critically injured in the clashes.
In Laxmipur, at least 10 people were injured in clashes between AL-backed Juba Leage and BNP-supported Juba Dal at Meghna Bazar in sadar upazila of the district, reported our correspondent.
Witnesses said that Juba League activists had obstructed a procession of Juba Dal that led to the clashes.
In Sylhet, Jamaat activists torched a police car in Shibganj in the city. They also vandalised a truck from a sudden procession in the morning in Majumdari area.
Sylhet police assistant commissioner Rukon Uddin said Jamaat-Shibir men had attacked a police patrol and set it on fire before fleeing the scene. Locals doused the flames.
Police arrested 17 pickets, including 15 Shibir men and two BNP activists in the city.
Police also seized huge books and documents from a residence at Paira near the shrine of Hazrat Shahjalal in the morning.  
In Chandpur, at least 10 BNP activists were injured when police opened fire to break up a procession at Ghagra on the Kachua-Dhaka highway around midday.
Witnesses said that the blockaders had hurled stones after the police chased the procession. Police fired several rounds leaving 10 protesters injured.
BNP activists also put blockade in the confluence of  Meghna by anchoring boats across the river for one hour and a half. Police and coast guard were dispatched to the spot.
In Narayanganj, At least 20 activists of BNP and Chhatra Shibir were injured in separate clashes with the police at Kashipur Hatkhola and Isdair of Fatulla.
Witnesses said that BNP activists had brought out a procession at Hatkhola on Dhaka-Munshiganj road in the morning. The clashes broke out when the police chased them to clear the highway.
Ten people were injured in the police action.
The clashes between police and Shibir men in Isdair area also left 10 people injured when police opened fire.
In Dinajpur, at least 30 BNP-Jamaat activists were injured in clashes with police after they tried to put blockade on railway in Nimnagar area in the morning.
Witnesses said police had fired rubber bullets to disperse the opposition activists when they tried to block the track.
In Satkhira, Jamaat-Shibir activists blasted several crude bombs and burnt tyres on road at Kadamtala in the morning. They also disrupted traffic on Jessore-Satkhira road by putting up blockade, reported our correspondent.
In Natore, Juba Dal and Chhatra Dal activists blocked the Dhaka-Natore highway by burning tyres at Sujan Chattar of the town before police dispersed them, reported our correspondent.
In Jessore, BNP activists brought out a procession carrying the coffin of Chhatra Dal leader Kabir Hossain Palash who was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Monday.
District unit JCD has called daylong shutdown for Wednesday protesting at the killing.
Police arrested panel mayor of Chapainawabganj municipality Abul Hasan, also nayeb-e-amir of the local unit of Jamaat, at his residence at Haripur on Tuesday afternoon. In protest, Jamaat called a half-day hartal in the district for Wednesday.
In the capital Dhaka, blockaders exploded crude bombs in different areas during the blockade.
No long-route buses left or entered the city while traffic in the city was thinner than usual.
Violence, arson and attacks on vehicles were also reported from Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Magura, Rangamati, Meherpur and Chuadanga.




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