A local BNP leader was killed as police fired gunshots at a procession brought out by BNP-Jamaat activists at Shatokhali Bazar in Shalikha upazila on Sunday evening during the first day of the fresh 72-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance alongside its ongoing countrywide indefinite transport blockade, report news agencies. The deceased was identified as Mashiur Rahman, 45, president of Shatokhali union unit of BNP and son of Golam Nabi Gazi of Chhoyghoria village in the upazila.
Assistant police super of the district Sudarshan Kumar Roy said the clash took place around 6pm when police tried to stop a procession brought out in support of the hartal by a group of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami activists. The BNP and Jamaat men reportedly vandalised several shops in the area and hurled brick chips at the law enforces. Later, police fired 10 shots to bring the situation under control, leaving Mashiur Rahman dead on the spot, Sudarshan Kumar said.
The shutdown that began at 6:00am on Sunday will end at 6:00am on Wednesday. Meanwhile, 19 people were injured in separate bomb explosions and clashes with law enforces in the capital and Bogra, Magura, Laxmipur, Sylhet and Jessore districts during the first day of the 72-hour shutdown. In the capital, BSMMU hospital staff Ruhul Amin, 45, suffered splinter injuries as miscreants exploded two crude bombs near Ganajagaran Mancha at the city’s Shahbagh intersection around 6:30pm.
Besides, miscreants blasted a crude bomb in front of Dhaka University’s Rokeya Hall around 6:20pm. Miscreants torched a bus of ‘Supravat Paribahan’ in Tantibazar area of the capital around 4:30 pm. Police arrested at least 75 people, mostly 20-party leaders and activists, from different places of the country, including the capital, and Bogra, Gazipur, Jessore and Khulna districts. At least 19 people, including Jamaat and Jubo Dal leaders, were arrested from different places in the city for ‘sabotage plan’.
In Sylhet, miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at a Sunamganj-bound bus in Rauli-Koutuk area of Chhatak upazila around 11pm on Saturday night. The bus burst into flame after the petrol bomb was thrown at it. The alliance called the shutdown as part of its movement demanding a snap national election under a non-party administration and ‘restoring democracy and people’s voting right’ and protesting government’s repressive acts. BNP joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed, on behalf of the alliance, announced the shutdown programme on Friday.