Jamaat calls hartal today

Ref: The Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday called a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike for today.
Acting Jamaat secretary general Rafiqul Islam Khan called the general strike issuing a statement immediately after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 announced that it would pronounce today the verdict in a case against the detained Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee on charge of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 war of independence.
Jamaat called the shutdown demanding immediate release of Sayedee and protesting against the government’s ‘anti-Islamic activities and repression on Ulema, Mashayekh,’ the statement said.
The authorities deployed paramilitary Border Guard Bangladesh to assist the regular law enforcers to maintain law and order before and during the hartal.
Meanwhile, the Shahbagh protesters, who staged demonstrations at city’s
Shapla crossing, called on the people to resist the Jamaat-called hartal.
Besides, Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Samity announced that they would operate city bus services in the capital in defiance of ‘anti-people shutdown’.
‘The people as well as the transport workers cannot support the anti-people hartal,’ said the organisation secretary general, Khandaker Enayet Ullah in a statement.
Ahead of the hartal the activists of Jamaat and its student body Islami Chhatra Shibir tried to bring out processions and clashed with police in Dhaka and elsewhere across the country. The police dispersed them by firing rubber bullets and teargas shells.
In Dhaka, Jamaat-Shibir men brought out sudden processions in Dayaganj intersection, Nazrul College, Malibagh, Satmasjid Road and Panthapath areas while the pickets set on fire three vehicles at Dhanmondi, Farmgate and Banglamotor and vandalised several vehicles on Kuril Bishwaroad.
At least five Jamaat-Shibir activists suffered bullet-wounds when they tried to bring out processions in the city.
Witnesses said that the police fired rubber bullets on the procession at Dayaganj leaving at least three injured.
The police also opened fire at Malibagh intersection to disperse the pickets.
Wari police sub-inspector Saiful Islam said, ‘The police were forced to fire rubber bullets and teargas shells to disperse the Shibir men.’
Shibir activists Mustafa Kamal, Obaidullah Sha Alam and Fakhrul Islam were injured in a clash in front of the Shahidi Jame Mosque at Malibag.
Jamaat-Shibir men set ablaze a human hauler at city’s Satmasjid road and vandalised several buses in Kuril Bishwaroad area.
New Age correspondents in different districts reported that violence broke out at places on the eve of the general strike.
New Age correspondents in Rajshahi, Bogra and Jhenaidah said that several people were injured as Jammat-Shibir men clashed with the police when they tried to bring out processions.
New Age correspondent in Rajshahi reported that Shibir men clashed with the police at Seriol in Rajshahi city on Wednesday evening, leaving 10 people injured. The police picked up two shbir men from the scene.

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