The fifth day of the 108-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance as part of its movement for restoring democracy and people’s voting right, is progressing peacefully today (Thursday).
While its 72-hour nationwide hartal was scheduled to end at 6.00am Wednesday, the alliance on Tuesday extended it by 36 hours till 6.00pm today.
In a statement, BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, on behalf of the alliance, announced the extended shutdown programme.
Now the shutdown that began at 6.00am Sunday will end at 6.00pm today.
No picketing in support of the strike was reported till filing of this report at 9.30am.
Presence of motorised vehicles was almost normal on the city streets.
A large number of law enforcers remained deployed in different parts of the city to fend off any trouble.
A government primary school was set ablaze in Pirojpur as the fourth day of the hartal alongside the alliance’s indefinite transport blockade was marked by incidents of arson attacks and arrests on Wednesday.
At least eight vehicles were set on fire in the capital, Dinajpur, Chandpur, Gazipur and Sylhet while five trucks vandalised in Dinajpur on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, another victim of the arson attack on a bus in Comilla, Rashedul Islam,20, son of Sayeed Ahmed of Chakaria upazila in Cox’s Bazar district, died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) around 5:15pm, taking the death from the incident to eight.
Police arrested over 100 leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-Shibir from the capital and different districts, including Dinajpur, Chandpur, Pabna and Naogaon.
In a statement, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, on behalf of the alliance, called the shutdown programme on Friday.
Source: BD Chronicle