Two days blockade starts-Pickets chased by cops; one killed in Sirajganj

Staff Correspondent: The 48hours long blockade enforced by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 18 party alliance has started on Tuesday early morning.   A man drowned after jumping into a pond in a bid to get away from police during a clash between the law enforcers and blockaders at Jogaimore in Sirajganj district town.   The deceased identified as Sakman son of Somed Ali of Masuakandi village of Sadar Upazila, was a mason by profession, UNB added.   Officer-in-charge of Sadar Police Station Habibur Rahman said the clash broke out when a group of pickets tried to vandalise vehicles in the area in support of the 18-party enforced blockade program at Jogaimore around 8:45am.   As police chased the pickets to bring the situation under control, they attacked the law enforcers, prompting them to retaliate by opening fire that left seven pickets injured.   Sakman jumped into a nearby pond in an attempt to escape from the firing and drowned, added the OC.   But locals alleged that Sakman was killed in police firing. Later, police arrested a BNP leader, Noor Kayem Sabuj, from the spot.   The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance enforced the 48-hour rail-road-waterway blockade programme at 6:00 am on Tuesday protesting the announcement of the schedule for the next general election.

Source: BD Chronicle