Clashes Erupt, Vehicles Torched in City

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Five vehicles were torched as clashes broke out between police and BNP activists in different parts of the capital amid escalating political tension over the programmes and counter-programmes of the ruling and opposition parties marking the first anniversary of the January-5 election.

Miscreants torched a bus in the city’s Mohammadpur area early Monday.

Sources at the fire service control room said a bus, parked on Sher-e-Bangla road in the area, was set ablaze around 4:00 am.

On formation, two fire-fighting units rushed in and doused the blaze.

Activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) brought out a procession at Segunbaghicha around 2 pm which was dispersed by police. Police chased them and lobbed teargas shells when the JCD men blasted 6-7 crude bombs there, witnesses said.

Besides, a Jubo Dal man suffered bullet wounds as police opened fire on a procession brought out by Jubo Dal activists near Fakirapool water tank around 12 noon.

The JCD men set off three crude bombs and set fire to a police motorbike. Police arrested three people from the spot.

Meanwhile, pro-Jamaat Islami Chhatra Shibir activists from a procession at DIT road set three police motorbikes afire in the afternoon.

Police dispersed the procession and arrested four people from the spot.

Abul Bashar, a police ASI, was injured in a clash between police and Shibir men in the area.

Earlier, police recovered 20 Molotov cocktails (petrol bombs) from a house in the city’s Shamibagh area in the morning.

Member of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested former ward councillors of Dhaka City Corporation and Lalbagh thana unit BNP leader Hazi Altaf Hossain along with 20 crude bombs from Lalbagh area in the morning.

Tipped off, a team of Rab-10 conducted a raid on a flat of 54 Jagannath Shaha Lane around 3:00 am and arrested Hazi Altaf Hossain along with the cocktails, said a Rab official.

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Source: UNB