OC, minor girl hurt in city bomb attacks

Officer-in-charge of Hazaribagh Police Station is undergoing treatment at Dhaka Medical College Hospital after the activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir hurl crude bomb at him in the capital’s Dhanmondi area on Tuesday, the last day of the opposition combine-called 60-hour hartal. Photo: TV grab

A police officer and a nine-year old girl were injured in separate incidents of bomb blasts in the capital today on the last day of the opposition combine-called 60-hour hartal.
The BNP-led 18-party opposition combine enforced the shutdown from 6:00am Sunday demanding a non-party polls-time government.
So far, 11 people have been killed across the country in the hartal violence.

Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge of Hazaribagh Police Station, came under attack around 6:30am at Dhanmondi Road No. 19 where the activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, brought out a pro-hartal procession, said Sheikh Maruf Hasan, deputy commissioner (DC) of Ramna Division. He is out of danger now.

On the other hand, Rahima Aktar sustained severe splinter injuries in her eyes and different parts of body when a homemade bomb went off while she was playing in Balurmath area of Jurain, near her father’s shop, around 10:30am.

Rahima, daughter of Abdus Sobhan, a scrap metal trader of West Jurain, was admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH), said Arif Hossain, who rescued the girl.

Meanwhile, pickets also set fire to a bus in Farmgate area of the capital around 5:30am, said Fire Service and Civil Defence official.

The pro-hartal activists also blasted two crude bombs in front of Postagola fire station around 9:00am.

No information of injury was reported from the blasts and fire.

The OC sustained splinter injuries on his right leg as soon as he disembarked from his vehicle in Dhanmondi where the Shibir men brought out the procession, the Ramna Division DC said.

The condition of the police official is stable, said duty doctors of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where he was rushed immediately after the bomb attack.

The processionists however fled the scene immediately after the attack.

The vehicular movement in the city thoroughfares is seen slightly more than the last two days.

But, all the shopping malls and most of the roadside shops remain closed like other hartal days.

Source: The daily Star