Blockade begins amid sporadic violenceNew Age Online
Another spell of a 72-hour countrywide rail-road-waterway blockade enforced by the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led 18-party alliance began at 6:00 am Tuesday amid sporadic violence.
The opposition activists blasted three crude bombs at Chowdhury Para area of Malibagh in the morning. Police fired two rounds of blank shots after the blasts. None was arrested.
In Azimpur area, blockade supporters brought out a procession and blasted at least three crude bombs at around 10:30 am.
Buses and other public transports were found plying on the streets in the capital, although in small number. Some private cars were also found on the streets.
However, no inter-city bus left the terminals in Dhaka and other parts of the country.
The BNP-led alliance called the blockade demanding elections under a non-party caretaker government and cancellation of the January 5 polls schedule. The blockade will continue until 6:00am Friday.
The BNP’s standing committee members Nazrul Islam Khan announced the programme at a press briefing at BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's Gulshan office on December 16.
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