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Opposition blockade begins amid sporadic violence

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Police escorting inter-city buses leaving for Mymensingh during 83-hour rail-road-waterway blockade enforced by BNP-led 18-party alliance. The picture was taken at  the capital’s Mohakhali Bus terminal area Saturday morning. -- New Age photoPolice escorting inter-city buses leaving for Mymensingh during 83-hour rail-road-waterway blockade enforced by BNP-led 18-party alliance. The picture was taken at the capital’s Mohakhali Bus terminal area Saturday morning. -- New Age photo

An 83-hour rail-road-waterway blockade enforced by the opposition BNP-led 18-party alliance began Saturday amid stray incidents of violence.
Two activists of Islami Chatra Shibir were arrested from Hatirpool area in Dhaka, police said.
Two bombs were blasted beside a standing military jeep in Gabtoli area from a moving CNG-run autorickshaw at about 11:45am. None was injured or arrested in connection with the incident, our reporter, who was a witness of the incident, reported.
Around 15 crude bombs were blasted near by LabAid Hospital in Dhanmondi, prompting police to fire blank shots in the air. None was injured or arrested in the incident.
The opposition activists set fire to a covered van in Bhanga Press area under Demra police station at around 8:50am, UNB reports.
Two crude bombs each exploded in the Link Road area of Middle Badda at around 10:00am, while two others exploded in the Motijheel area at around 8:00am, the agency says.
None was injured in the incidents.
Vehicular movement on the city streets was almost normal as law enforcement agencies took position at key city points to fend off any untoward incident.
Our reporter said four inter-city buses left for Tangail and 10 buses for Mymensingh from Dhaka's Mohakhali bus terminal till 1:40pm Saturday, Mojibur Rahman, executive member of Mohakhali Bus Terminal Sarak Poribahan Malik Samity, told New Age.
Activists of Jamaat-Shibir and BNP’s student wing Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal put up barricade on the Lakshmipur-Ramgati Road at Mia Rasta by placing logs at about 7:30 am.
At one stage, they set fire to the road by pouring petrol.
Shibir activists marched in several parts of the district, including Dalal Bazar and Bhabaniganj intersection in support of the blockade.
In Bogra, the opposition activists brought out several processions in the district town.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan announced the fifth spell of the blockade on Thursday demanding parliamentary polls under a non-party, caretaker government and cancellation of the January 5 election schedule.
All the vehicles of the United Nations and the Health Department were kept out of the blockade programme because of the National Immunisation Day Saturday.
Besides, media vehicles, ambulances and fire brigade vehicles were also kept out of the programme.
The fourth spell of the blockade for 72 hours ended Friday morning leaving around 100 people dead in violent activities across the country.
In Bogra, Handmade bombs were hurled at Ganajagaran Mancha on Saturday, the first day of the opposition's countrywide blockade, bdnews24.com reported.
Bogra Sadar Police Station OC Manjurul Haque Bhuiyan said that the bomb attacked took place around 11am at the city's 'Saatmatha Zero Point'.
The local Ganajagaran Mancha convener Masudur Rahman Helal said the bombs were lobbed when they were preparing to protest police action against their fellow Mancha activists in Dhaka.
Three including Helal suffered minor injuries following the blast.
The police fired rubber bullets following the explosions to bring the situation under control, sub-inspector Manju told bdnews24.com.




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