Jamaat’s hartal call receives poor response

The 2nd day of country-wide hartal called by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the death sentence to its acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam passed by the International Crimes Tribunal for committing crimes to humanity during the war of liberation in 1971 left no impact on the normal activities across the country.

The law enforcing agencies have arrested more than a hundred people and recovered fire arms and bullets conducting drives at different places across the country including Dhaka city during the hartal period, the govt-run media said.

Movement of public buses was comparatively thin in the city, but other transports, private cars and CNG-run auto-rickshaws, were in abundance causing traffic jam.

No major incident, so far, was reported from the city and other parts of the country.

Strict security measures were taken throughout the country to thwart untoward incidents.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) were deployed alongside Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at different city points to maintain the law and order.

In the capital, the Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested three persons and recovered one-thousand rounds of bullet and three fire arms from their possessions while conducting raid at city’s Bashabo area.

In a special drive by the police, 39 Jamaat-Shibir activists from Pabna, 34 from Satkhira, 36 from Bogra and two Jamaat-Shibir men from Gazipur were detained as part of protective measures.

In Narayanganj, Jamaat-Shibir activists suddenly brought out a procession at Octo office area and they vandalised public transports and set fire to a public bus during hartal period.

In Bogra, police fired several shots to disperse picketers in Matidali area of the town at around 8.00am.They hurled a crude bomb at a police van.

Police arrested eight people from different places of the district (from Wednesday night to Thursday morning) for their involvement in picketing.

In Sylhet, the Jamaat-Shibir activists brought out a procession and vandalized vehicles in the early hours of hartal.

In Barisal, police filed cases against 12 Jamaat-Shibir men as they had carried out attacks on the police forces on Wednesday.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami through a media release congratulated the countrymen for successfully observing 2-day hartal on Wednesday and Thursday. –Our Monitor

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