Islamists calls hartal today

Ref: Some Islamist parties led by Khelafat Andolan called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide general strike for today protesting against the killing of four people when the parties clashed with the police and ruling party men across the country on Friday.
The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its key ally Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami extended their supports to the general strike.
Pro-hartal activists brought out procession at Patuatuli in the Old Dhaka in the evening and clashed with the police. The police dispersed them firing rubber bullets and teargas shells, Kotowali police subinspector Nayan Chakraborty said.
The police picked up a total 56 people from the area, he said.
The authorities deployed paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh personnel in the capital city and some other major towns on the eve of the nationwide shutdown to assist the regular law enforcers.
The Islamist parties, however, on Saturday withdrew the general strike they had called in Chittagong for Monday in protest against attacks on Chittagong bureau offices of Diganta Television, daily Amar Desh and daily Sangram.
A release, signed by Nezami Islam president Izharul Islam and Chiitagong city unit Jatiya Ganatantrik Party president Abu Mojaffar Mohammed Anash, said that the strike was withdrawn due to the rally of Hefajat-e-Islam scheduled for Monday at Hathazari college ground in Chittagong.
The Secondary School Certificate and equivalent examinations and the honours examinations under the National University scheduled for today have been rescheduled for Friday and Tuesday respectively.
Activists of Islamist parties and groups clashed with the police at different places across the country on February 22 that left four people killed and more than 300 injured.
The clashes erupted simultaneously after juma prayers when the Islamists staged violent demonstrations demanding punishment of the bloggers and Shahbagh protesters, accusing them of maligning Islam and Prophet Muhammad (SM) on blogs.
The bloggers and Shahbagh protesters have been continuing with their protests demanding death sentences for all war criminals and ban on religion-based parties including Jamaat since February 5.

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