Fresh shutdown begins today
Truck driver injured in arson attack diesTapos Kanti Das
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition alliance will enforce a fresh 48-hour general strike beginning this morning, amidst the current non-stop blockade of roads, railway and waterways, across the country, to press for cancelation of the January 5 elections and protest at the killing of the alliance leaders and activists.
The fresh 48-hour hartal will turn the earlier 48-hour strike that ends at 6:00am today into a 96-hour shutdown.
The BNP chairperson’s adviser Osman Faruque announced the programme at a press conference in the capital on Sunday evening after voting in 10th parliamentary elections ended. He termed the January 5 election boycotted by the opposition as ‘farcical polls’ and demanded holding of the national polls immediately under a non-party neutral government.
The country witnessed escalated violence on Sunday, the second day of the year’s first 48-hour general strike and the fifth day of a non-stop blockade that began on January 1.
Blockade- and hartal-related violence on the day left at least one dead. Arson attacks and vandalism were reported from different parts of the country.
Public transports stayed off the roads as the day was a public holiday due to the general election and the authorities banned movement of 12 types of motorised vehicles.
Even the number of rickshaws was very small in the cities and district towns.
The BNP-led opposition alliance is enforcing the blockade and hartal to protest at the January 5 elections. The alliance earlier enforced blockade for 501 hours in five spells beginning on November 26, 2013 after the polls schedules were announced.
Truck driver Nuruzzaman, 25, who was badly burnt in an arson attack by blockade enforcers in Tangail on Saturday evening, died in the burn and plastic surgery unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital around 5:15am on Sunday.
Nuruzzaman’s brother Moazzem Hossain said arsonists had attacked the truck carrying cattle near Shafipur Ansar Academy at about 7:30pm on Saturday. Moazzem who accompanied his brother, escaped injuries and took Nuruzzaman to the hospital.
In Gaibandha, 10 people, including two police constables, were injured in clashes between law enforcers and pro-strike activists after the opposition activists attacked the Lalmonirhat-bound train Padmarag Express at Bonarpara railway station around 11:30am.
In Gazipur, three pro-hartal activists were injured when the police charged into stone-hurling demonstrators in Cherag Ali area of Tongi around 11:15am.
In Chandpur, pro-hartal activists early Sunday put blockade on Chandpur-Matlab_Pennai road by felling trees and cutting the road in Kalibhangti area. The protesters also set fire to two business establishments at Baburhat in Chandpur district town.
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