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Two more killed in hartal violence

Shutdown extended by 12 hours

Staff Correspondent

Vehicles are stuck in a tailback on a road at Gulistan in Dhaka on Tuesday amid the blockade of road, railway and waterways and countrywide general strike enforced by the opposition alliance. — New Age photo Vehicles are stuck in a tailback on a road at Gulistan in Dhaka on Tuesday amid the blockade of road, railway and waterways and countrywide general strike enforced by the opposition alliance. — New Age photo

Two people were killed as the second day of the countrywide shutdown enforced by the opposition alliance passed off with the capital remaining almost cut off from other parts of the country.
The opposition announced extension of the strike by another 12 hours that would now end at 6:00pm today, demanding cancellation of the 10th parliamentary election and in protest at the arrest and ‘killing’ of opposition activists.
BNP vice-chairman Selima Rahman announced the fresh programme at a press conference at her house in Gulshan on Tuesday evening, protesting at the arrest of the party chairperson’s adviser Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, its joint secretary general Fazlul Haque Milon and lawmaker Nazimuddin Ahmed on the day.
The police arrested Selima Rahman at her house soon after the end of the press conference.
The current spell of strike began at 6:00am Saturday alongside the nonstop countrywide blockade.
A covered van driver was burnt to death and his assistant badly injured as their vehicle overturned and was aflame after being hit by a petrol bomb thrown by miscreants in Hafezia of Feni on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway early Tuesday, said sub-inspector Firoz Alam of Bogdadia
police outpost.
The deceased was identified as Shah Alam, 32, a resident of Comilla Sadar Dakkhin upazila,
He said that the truck had lost control and overturned on the highway after the bomb attack that left him dead on the spot. His assistant Al Amin, 30, was badly burnt as the van caught fire.
In Sirajganj, one person was burnt to death and three others were injured as hartal enforcers hurled petrol bombs at a potato-laden truck at Pachlia under Salanga police station on Dhaka-Bogra highway at about 8:00pm on Tuesday, said Salanga police sub-inspector Nizam Uddin.
Police could not establish the identities of the dead and the injured immediately.
The police said the Dhaka-bound truck from Bogra had veered off the road aflame and ended up in a ditch after the bomb attack, leaving one dead on the spot and the three injured.
In the capital, the second day of the hartal passed off in a lackluster way as pickets were hardly seen in the streets. The number of public transports operating in the city was more than what it was on the previous day while rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshaws dominated the roads.
The capital remained almost delinked from other parts of the country as no long-route buses left or arrived in Dhaka, said Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity secretary general Khandaker Enayetullah.
Law enforcers were deployed to different strategic points.
Quoting Chittagong Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner (Kotwali zone) Mirza Abu Sayem, New Age correspondent in Chittagong reported that a picket was injured in police firing on a procession in Askar Dighir Par area around 10:00am while a three-wheeler driver, Mitul, 22, was injured in a petrol bomb attack by Jamaat-Shibir men in Polytechnic area. Police arrested six Shibir activists at Askar Dighir Par.
In Sirajganj, at least 10 people were injured in violent clashes between activists of Awami League and BNP at Chandanganti village under Belkuchi upazila in the afternoon, said Belkuchi police OC Abdul Hye.
Miscreants vandalised some 12 oil-tankers in Ullapara of the district on Tuesday morning, reported our correspondent quoting witnesses.
Rajshahi division Petrol Pump Owners Association president MA Momin Dulal said that tanker workers had observed work abstention demanding security of their lives.
In Sylhet, police arrested three activists of Jamaat-e-Islami after they tried to march down Bandar Bazar in the morning, said Kotwali police officer-in-charge Ataur Rahman Babul.
In Cox’s Bazar, five Chhatra League activists were injured, including its Cox’s Bazar Polytechnic Institute unit president Sajjad Hossain Chowdhury, as Shibir men attacked them when they were entering the campus at about 10:00am, said Cox’s Bazar Sadar police OC Jasim Uddin.
In Pabna, pickets damaged six egg-laden three-wheeler vans at Dashuria crossing on the Pabna-Kushtia road around 6:30am, reported our correspondent.
In Bhola, district unit Juba Dal called a daylong strike for Wednesday protesting at the arrest of its district president Yarul Alam Liton, reported our correspondent.
Liton was arrested around noon Tuesday at Natun Bazar of the town.
In Jessore, Monirampur upazila unit of the BNP-led alliance called a daylong general strike for today in protest at the arrest of the upazila unit BNP president Shahid Iqbal Hossain, also mayor of the municipality, reported our correspondent.
Shahid was arrested on the election day, said Joydeb Kumar Bhadra, superintendent of police in Jessore.
A procession of Jhikargachha upazila unit of BNP came under bomb attack in the upazila town around noon Tuesday. None was hurt in the explosion. BNP accused AL men of carrying out the attack.




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