Violence escalates on 3rd day blockade, 2 killedNew Age Online
Violence escalated across the country on the third day of the opposition’s nonstop blockade on Friday, two days ahead of the 10th parliamentary elections, leaving two people dead, UNB reported.
Incidents of arson attack, vandalism and crude bomb blasts were reported from different parts of the country, including the capital.
In Dinajpur, a truck driver, Shawnewaz, 30, and an onion trader, Adilur Rahman, 25,were killed and three people injured as his truck tumbled into a ditch after a petrol bomb attack on it by blockaders at Bonagram near Hili Land Port early Friday.
The truck, carrying onion, came under attack while it was going to Sadullahpur in Gaibandha district from the land port.
As the driver tried to flee speedily, the truck plunged into the ditch, leaving the duo dead on the spot.
In the capital, three people suffered burn injuries as miscreants set fire to a bus by hurling a petrol bomb at Paribagh in the city in the morning.
Of the victims, Farid Miah suffered 48 percent burn injuries while Shahina Akter, 35, received 64 percent burns and Babul Miah, 32, driver of the bus, eight percent burn injuries.
The injured were taken to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
In Laxmipur, miscreants hurled several bombs at the residence of Awami League rebel candidate of Laxmipur-1 constituency Mohamamd Shafiqul Islam at Badur village in Ramganj upazila on Thursday night. The miscreants also fired several gunshots during the incident.
Meanwhile, opposition activists put barricades on Laxmipur-Ramgati Road by placing logs on the third day of the 18-party’s nonstop blockade programme.
Police later arrested three Shibir activists from several parts of Ramganj upazila early Friday.
In Feni, miscreants set fire to five polling stations by hurling petrol bombs in Feni-3 constituency in Dagonbhuiyan upazila early Friday.
Witnesses said a group of miscreants stormed Sultana Memorial Girls’ High School centre at Joilaskar in the upazila and tossed two petrol bombs inside after breaking the glasses of a window around 1:30 am.
In another incident, a group of miscreants torched Gozaria Ideal Kindergarten centre by throwing petrol bombs in the morning.
Besides, miscreants torched three more polling stations–Karimullah High School, Udrajpur Government Primary School and Nayanpur Government Primary School– by throwing petrol bombs in the upazila early in the morning.
In Chapainawabganj, both the driver and helper of a truck received burn injuries as the truck was set ablaze while fleeing the impending bomb attack by a group of blockaders at Kansat in Shibganj upazila early in the morning.
The victims were identified as Azizul Haque, the truck driver and a resident of Uprazarampur village, and his helper Arif, a resident of Sarker intersection in Sadar upazila of the district.
In Comilla, miscreants torched two election offices of Awami League at Subarnapur Bazar in sadar upazila early in the morning. Five shops were also gutted in the arson attack.
Later, firefighters brought the blaze under control.
The blockade programme, announced on Monday, would continue until further announcement.
The second day of the blockade was marked by stray incidents of violence that left a Tarun League leader dead in Lalmonirhat on Thursday.
The opposition alliance has been on nonstop agitation programmes since the Election Commission announced the election schedule on November 25 fixing the balloting date for January 5.
The 18-party has already enforced countrywide road-rail-waterway blockade for 22 days (501 hours) since November 26 in five spells –71-hour, 131-hour, 144-hour and 72-hour and 83-hour ones — after the announcement of the election schedule that left at least 120 people dead.
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