The 67th day of the countrywide indefinite transport blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, passed off amid stray incidents of violence on Friday, reports UNB. The recovery of Molotov cocktails, torching of vehicles and arrest of the 20-party activists were reported from different places of the capital, Naogaon and Savar upazila of Dhaka. Two people sustained burn injuries as miscreants set a bus afire by hurling a petrol bomb on Dhaka-Aricha highway at Genda in Savar on the outskirts of the capital around 4:30 am, Motaleb Miah, officer-in-charge of Savar Police Station. The injured were identified as Abdur Rahim, 45, of Baneswar Kutipara area of Rajshahi district, and Akkas Bepari, 70, of Atgharia in Natore district.
On information, a firefighting unit rushed in and doused the flame with the help of locals. The injured were rushed to nearby Enam Medical College Hospital, said the OC. In the capital, police arrested eight leaders and activists of BNP and Jamaat-Shibir from different places during a drive continuing for 24 hours till this (Friday) morning. In Naogaon, police in a drive recovered 12 Molotov cocktails from an abandoned house at Jatamrul village in Atrai upazila around 5am, said Abdul Latif Khan, officer-in-charge of Atrai Police Station.
Later, police arrested three people in connection with the incident. 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’.