REF: A six-hour hartal in Dhaka and Chittagong while dawn-to-dusk elsewhere in the country, called by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami to press home their demands, is underway on Thursday amid stray violence.
Hartal supporters vandalized hundreds of vehicles in different areas of city and several district towns.
Pickets also set fire on several numbers of vehicles in city.
Jamaat-shibir men torched two buses in city’s Mirpur 10 around 8:00am while police held eight men who tried to bring out a pro-hartal procession in city’s Kazipara and Sherapara area around 7:30am.
Besides, pickets exploded three cocktails in city’s Banglamotor area around 7:00am.
Huge contingent of law enforcers have been deployed in different key points of the city.
Meanwhile, opposition BNP lent support to the Thursday’s hartal.
BNP’s Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi Ahmed came up with the announcement while talking to journalists at party’s Nayapaltan central office on Wednesday evening.
Earlier in the day, Jamaat declared to observe on Thursday demanding release of opposition leaders including war crimes suspects.
The party made the disclosure in a press release on Wednesday afternoon.
The news release said Jamaat reduced strike by six hours for the capital following a request by the president of Supreme Court Bar Association to hold an annual programme of the SCBA.
The party declared the hartal two days after it and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir unleashed terror on police in the capital and elsewhere to mount pressure on the government to stop the war crimes trials.