The fourth day of the 120-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance demanding a fresh national election under a non-party administration, alongside its ongoing countrywide indefinite transport blockade, is progressing peacefully today (Wednesday).
While its 72-hour nationwide hartal was scheduled to end at 6.00am Wednesday the alliance on Tuesday extended it by 48 hours till 6.00am Friday.
The shutdown that began at 6:00am on Sunday will end at 6:00am on Friday.
Earlier on Friday, the 20-party alliance announced the fresh 72-hour spell of nationwide hartal from 6am on Sunday alongside its ongoing countrywide indefinite transport blockade.
In a statement, BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, on behalf of the alliance, announced the extended shutdown programme.
No procession or picketing was seen in support of the hartal in the city.
Presence of motorised vehicles was almost normal on the capital streets.
A large number of law enforcers remained deployed in different parts of the capital to fend off any trouble.
BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, on behalf of the alliance, announced the shutdown programme on Friday.
The alliance called the shutdown programme also to register its protest against killings, enforced disappearances, abductions, and crippling of the opposition men by the law enforcers and ruling party ‘cadres, mass arrest of the 20-party men and common people, the government’ interference in the judiciary, control over the media, and demanding ‘restoration of democracy and people’s voting right’.
The 20-party also had enforced hartal for five consecutive days from Sundays in the last three weeks, forcing the authorities concerned to reschedule the Secondary Scholl Certificate (SSC) examinations that fell during the hartal hours.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia enforced the blockade for an indefinite period on January 5 after having failed to come out of her Gulshan office to join a planned rally of the 20-party alliance in the city to mark ‘Democracy Killing Day’.
Source: BD Chronicle