The countrywide 24-hour hartal, enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the Supreme Court order upholding the death penalty of its ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, is underway peacefully today (Sunday), UNB reports.
In a jointly statement, Jamaat acting ameer Makbul Ahmad and acting secretary general Dr Shafiqur Rahman announced the strike soon after the Supreme Court order on Thursday.
The shutdown that began at 6:00am today will continue till 6:00pm next day. Vehicular movement was seen normal in the capital. There was almost no picketing in support of the shutdown anywhere across the country since morning.
A large number of law enforcers were kept deployed in various places of the city. No untoward incident took place till filing this report at 9:00am. Around 10,000 additional police personnel remained deployed in the capital from 6:00am to maintain law and order during the hartal.
On Thursday, the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court rejected death-row war crimes convict Nizami’s review petition against its previous verdict in favour of his death penalty earlier awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal.