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Anti-Bangladesh govt violence flares up

Publication Date : 04-12-2013


At least eight people, including three teens, were killed and scores injured in violence in different districts across the country yesterday, the fourth day of the 131-hour opposition blockade.

Three deaths were reported from Chittagong and Satkhira each, while the two others from Chandpur.

Meanwhile, Maulana Abdus Sattar, who was burned on Saturday at Badarpur in Patuakhali, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital yesterday.

Including him, 16 people have so far been killed during the ongoing blockade that began on Saturday. Earlier during the November 26-28 blockade, at least 19 people were killed.

Like during the pervious blockades, the opposition men clashed with law enforcers and ruling party men and resorted to vandalism and arson attacks in different districts. They also blocked rail lines, snapping rail communications on some routes.

In the capital, at least six people were injured as blockaders blasted crude bombs in different areas.

Miscreants hurled at least five crude bombs at an anti-blockade procession of transport workers at Gabtoli Bus Terminal around 12:10pm. Four people were wounded in the incident.

Two bikers were injured when blockaders attacked them with sticks at Shanir Akhra.

Police fired around 20 rubber bullets to disperse the blockaders when they exploded at least 10 bombs at Jatrabari intersection.

A good number of city buses plied the city thoroughfares, though long-haul buses remained grounded.

In Chittagong, covered van driver Mahbub Alam along with his helper Mizan died when he lost control and hit a roadside tree, after blockaders hurled several petrol bombs at his vehicle. The incident happened in EPZ area of Chittagong around 1:40am.

The vehicle, laden with garment items, went to the port city from Fatullah in Narayanganj.

“When we reached Saltgola near the EPZ, they (blockaders) threw petrol bombs targeting the driver and the covered van. Within seconds fire engulfed us and the covered van,” said Suman Kumar Das, who was also on the van. He suffered burn injuries.

Mahbub died on the spot and Mizan succumbed to his injuries at Chittagong Medical College Hospital around 6:30pm, said Jahirul Islam, officer-in-charge of CMCH police outpost.

The third victim in Chittagong, Shariful Islam Russel, 22, died when police opened fire to disperse blockaders who were vandalising vehicles at Mandaritola area around 12:00am, said Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Police Station.

Sirajul Islam, the victim’s father, said his son was returning home after attending a family programme at Barabkunda.

In Satkhira, 14-year-old Hossain Ali was killed when police and Border Guard members opened fire on blockaders at Sakhipur intersection in Debhata upazila.

Ali, son of Fazar Ali of Atapur village, was a student of Parulia Qawmi madrasa.

Police said they opened fire to clear the blockades put up by Jamaat-Shibir men on the Satkhira-Kaliganj highway around 7:00am.

The blockaders hurled brick chunks at the law enforcers before they opened fire.

Arizul Islam, 16, died on the spot when law enforcers opened fire at the opposition activists in Garanbaria area of the district around 8:30pm.

He was a Class-IX student of Hadipur High School.

Around 20 Jamaat-Shibir activists were injured in clashes with police here.

Nur Mohammad, Debhata upazila Jamaat secretary, claimed Ali and Arizul were Jamaat activists.

Tajul Islam, assistant superintendent of police of Kaliganj circle, said Jamaat-Shibir men swooped on them as they went to clear the blockade.

“We’ve heard two people died,” he said, adding that no compliant was made in this regard.

In another incident, Jamaat-Shibir men beat a Jubo League activist to death at Talbaira in Satkhira Sadar upazila.

The dead is Giasuddin, 30, of Itagachha area of the town.

Another Jubo League activist, Nazmul Haque, was injured in the incident.

Nazmul said they were going to Mahmudpur by a motorcycle. When they reached Talbaria, blockaders stopped them and beat them up with iron rods and sticks. The blockaders also torched the motorbike.

In Chandpur, a class-VIII student and an activist of Chhatra Dal were killed and at least five more bullet-hit in a clash with police at Kalibari around 10:30am.

The dead are Siam Mastan, 14, student of Al-Amin School and College, and Tajul Islam Ratan, a master’s student of Chandpur Govt College.

Both of them died at Chandpur General Hospital.

Police said they resisted a BNP procession at Kalibari intersection when the opposition men hurled a cocktail at them.

This prompted the police to open fire, said Mahbub Rahman, officer-in-charge of Chandpur Model Police Station.

Sheikh Farid Ahmed, general secretary of the district BNP, claimed both the victims were party activists. He also alleged police opened fire on their peaceful procession without any provocation.

The opposition alliance called a daylong hartal for today in Chandpur protesting the deaths.

Meanwhile, at least 10 passengers were injured as miscreants hurled stones at a running train in Lalmonirhat around 7:00am.

Blockaders also barricaded the rail line on Lalmonirhat-Dhaka route at Mohendranagar in the district in Lalmonirhat sadar upazila for two hours since 5:30am.

In the port city, blockaders removed 126 feet rail of Chittagong-Dhaka railway tracks in Mirsarai sometime after 2:00am, delaying two trains to start off. Railway staff restored the line around 9:00am.

In Narayanganj, blockaders set fire to at least four vehicles, including two buses, and vandalised 12 others, leaving five people injured.

In another incident, the opposition men vandalised a bus and a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Kuchimora on Dhaka-Mawa highway, leaving five hurt.




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