Opposition’s 60-hr hartal enters 3rd day


The 60-hour countrywide shutdown, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, entered the third and concluding day today (Tuesday).

Earlier on the first and second days, the hartal was marked by widespread violence, clashes, vandalism and huge crude bomb blasts across the country.

On Monday, six people — a teenage boy,  a truck driver, an Awami League supporter, a BNP leader, one Jubo Dal leader and a BNP activist– were killed in violence  in Chandpur, Jamalpur, Chittagong, Jhenidah, Tangail and Kishoreganj districts during the hartal hours till 6pm.

With the killing of six people on the second day, the death toll from the 36-hour hartal violence climbed to 11 as 5 people were killed on Sunday.

Besides, at least 60 vehicles were damaged, several hundred crude bombs blasted and around 600 people injured across the country on the second day. The law enforcers also arrested over 180 opposition activists during the hartal hours.

Pro-hartal activists also blasted over a hundred crude bombs at different parts of the capital from 6amto 7pm on Monday, creating panic among the city dwellers.

Meanwhile, addressing at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office about the second-day of hartal, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said police arrested over 700 opposition activists across the country while more than 2,500 were injured in attacks by law enforcers and ‘ruling party cadres’.

Over 17,000 opposition men were implicated in fresh ‘false’ cases and 12 activists sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by mobile courts, he further claimed.

As of Monday evening, 15 opposition leaders and activist were killed and 5,100 injured by law enforcers and ruling party men since October 25, Fakhrul noted.

The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance enforced the nonstop 60-hour countrywide hartal at 6:00 amon Sunday demanding formation of a non-party polls-time cabinet.

Source: UNBConnect


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