REF: The first day of the 48-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, was marked by stray incidents of vandalism, bomb blasts, clashes and arrests across the country on Tuesday.
According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, 15, vehicles, 16 houses and four shops were damaged, 48 crude bombs blasted and 70 people were injured across the country. The law enforcers also arrested over 60 Jamaat-Shibir men during the first day hartal.
Sources at the Ministry of Home Affairs said Jamaat-Shibir men torched and vandalised around 12 vehicles across the country throughout the day. Besides, they set off 27 cocktails till 4:00 pm on Tuesday since 6:00 am.
Ten police men were injured at Rajnagar in Meherpur while 10 others injured at Garadora in Gangni in the same district as pro-hartal elements attacked the cops during the hartal hours.
However, there was no repot of major violent clash or casualty except some sporadic incidents across the country, the sources added.
In the capital, there were incidents of chase and counter-chase between police and hartal supporters as Jamaat-Shibir men brought out processions in the city’s Jatrabari, Kalyanpur, Gulshan, Dhalpur, Azimpur and Gendaria areas. Pro-hartal elements also hurled brickbats at the law enforcers during the chases.
Witnesses said around a dozen crude bombs were exploded in different parts of the capital during the hartal that began at 6 am.
Police arrested two pickets from Azimpur area around 8:50 am.
Meanwhile, five suspected Islami Chhatra Shibir men were sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by mobile courts for picketing in the city.
Elsewhere in the city, pickets were hardly seen as additional security personnel, comprising police and Rab men, were deployed at all the key points and intersections to avert any untoward incident during the Islamist party’s shutdown.
Rickshaws and auto-rickshaws outnumbered the motirised vehicles on the city streets as always seen during hartal days. The movement of commuters was less as many people failed to return to their workplaces from their village homes due to the shutdown that followed the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.
The incidents of bomb blasts were also reported from outside the capital.
Sporadic incidents of violence were also reported from different districts across the country.
The districts include Laxmipur, Gaibandha, Chapainawabganj, Pirojpur, Meherpur, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet, Natore, Satkhira, Bogra Chuadanga, and Jhenidah.
Hours after the High Court declared illegal its registration as a political party, Jamaat on August 1 called a 48-hour countrywide hartal for August 12 and 13.