On Sunday, the first day of the second round of blockade called by BNP and Jamaat, incidents of car fires, vandalism and cocktail explosions took place across the country. 12 cars including 9 buses were set on fire in the capital. Five buses were set on fire in other parts of the country. Apart from this, 16 vehicles including 9 trucks were vandalized. In the capital, people did not go out on the streets except for urgent needs due to anxiety. Despite limited public transport, very few long-distance buses left Dhaka due to passenger shortage. Although the train-launch was running, there were not many passengers.
Yesterday, cocktail explosions targeting the police, 9 buses including Dhaka University bus, a private car, a pickup van and a CNG-powered auto-rickshaw were set on fire in the capital. Two policemen and an Ansar member were injured in the cocktail blast. Gazi said in this incident. Police has arrested a former Chhatra Dal leader named Hasan. A passenger was burnt in a bus fire incident in Meradia. He is a bus driver. He has been admitted to Sheikh Hasina National Institute of Burn and Plastic Surgery.
According to the police, SI Mahbub Ali, constable Kamrul Islam and Ansar member Rafiqul Islam of Uttara-paschim police station went out on patrol in the police pickup from dawn. When reaching in front of Pubali Bank on the main road of Uttara Sector 9 around 7 am, miscreants targeted the moving vehicle and threw two cocktails from a distance. SI Mahbub Ali, Constable Qamrul and Ansar member Rafiqul fell and were injured while stopping the car after a loud explosion of a cocktail. Gazi from the scene. A person named Hasan was arrested. Jortimoy Saha, assistant police commissioner of Uttara zone, said that Hasan is the former vice president of Gazipur Mahanagar Chhatra Dal.
Miscreants set fire to a bus in front of BGB Market in Sutrapur around 4 am. Around the same time, a bus was set on fire at Dolairpar in Jatrabari and another at Matuail in Demra. Miscreants set fire to a bus number 13 in Mirpur around 5:30 am. A passenger bus of Achim Paribahan was set on fire at Meradia of Khilgaon police station around 7:30 am. In this. A passenger named Sabuj was burnt. He is the driver of Ramzan Paribahan. He suffered 28 percent burns, including his airway.
Miscreants set fire to a double-decker bus of Dhaka University in front of Mirpur Bangla College in the afternoon. A passenger bus was set on fire at Banglamator at 6:30 pm. Miscreants set fire to a Shikar Paribahan bus in Mirpur 11:00 area at 7 pm. Around 10 pm, a moving pickup was set on fire on the road next to the fish market of Karwan Bazar. It burnt the sofa in the pickup. A private car was set on fire at Neelkhet intersection at 10:30 pm. Miscreants set fire to the staff bus of Biman Bangladesh Airlines at Postgola at 12:30 am.
It was reported from the control room of the fire service headquarters that 9 buses, a private car, a pickup van and an autorickshaw were set on fire in the capital yesterday. Fire service personnel extinguished the fire of these vehicles at separate places.
Meanwhile, police arrested Jamal Hossain, joint general secretary of Dhaka College Chhatra Dal, along with petrol and gunpowder from Fulbaria bus stand in Gulistan area at night. Banshal police station OC Mojibur Rahman confirmed the matter.
An autorickshaw was vandalized in front of BAF Shaheen College in the morning. Two cocktails exploded at Moghbazar intersection around 8 pm. Hatirjheel police station OC Awlad Hossain said that someone threw cocktails from the flyover.
Meanwhile, at various bus counters in Dhaka, few buses have left Dhaka due to lack of passengers. Talked to Noori Begum at Mohakhali bus terminal. He said, daughter Shahida was in the hospital for 12 days. I will go back to Kishoreganj with him. But as the long-distance bus service is stopped, I am in trouble with my sick daughter.
21 cars vandalized outside Dhaka
On the first day of the 48-hour blockade called by BNP-Jamaat, an incident of vehicle vandalism took place on the Dhaka-Rangpur highway in Bogra yesterday. BNP claimed that four people were injured in the firing of bullets fired by the police. However, denying the matter, the police said that they were injured due to the explosion of their grenades. Two covered vans and 8 trucks were vandalized.
BNP has marched in various places of Chittagong city and district in support of hartal-blockade. Jamaat-e-Islami’s Chittagong metropolitan branch held blockade programs in various areas. Miscreants set fire to an empty bus parked at Patenga in the city early in the morning. Apart from this, a town service minibus was set on fire in Bayezid’s Oxygen area. Miscreants set fire to two buses at Kalamunsi Bazar bus stand in Kabirhat, Noakhali on Saturday night.
In the evening, five cocktails exploded in Ishwardi upazila of Pabna. Besides vandalizing trucks and microbuses, Youth Dal leaders and activists. As panic spread in the city, shops on both sides of the road from Ishwardi railway gate to the market were closed. Apart from this, Chhatra Dal and Jamaat-e-Islami held protest marches on Dhaka-Pabna and Pabna-Kushtia highways.
Siddhirganj Thana BNP leaders protested by burning tires in Sanarpar area of Dhaka-Chittagong highway in Narayanganj. On the other hand, Narayanganj Mahanagar Jubo Dal marched in Talla-Hajiganj area. At this time, a private car was vandalized. In Pirganj of Thakurgaon, there was an incident of cocktail explosion and stone pelting. Two policemen were injured. A bus was set on fire at night on Rupsa-Bagerhat road in Talimpur area of Rupsa upazila of Khulna.
Meanwhile, allegations have been made against the Jubo League and the Volunteers League that a youth leader named Zakir Khalifa was hacked and beaten up in Gournadi, Barisal. He is the former organizing secretary of the Mahilara Union Svechasevak Dal. BNP leaders and activists held a protest march in Lakshmipur’s Ramganj. Chhatra Dal activists locked the main gate of Comilla University in support of the blockade.
On Saturday night, miscreants set fire to the railway line at Charghat in Rajshahi. BNP leaders and activists tried to lay siege by breaking bricks and burning tires in Binodpur, Kajla and Kharkhari areas of the city. Jamaat leaders and activists of Damkura branch of the metropolis marched on the road of Damkura area early in the morning. Yesterday in Faridpur, the Chhatra Dal held a protest procession by dropping tree trunks in the Munsibazar area of the Dhaka-Barisal highway.
Miscreants set fire to a pickup van carrying vegetables in Parairchak Jalkarkandi area of Sylhet-Fenchuganj road in the morning. Youth Dal activists vandalized the covered van in Mendibagh area in the afternoon. Apart from this, car vandalism happened in Khadimnagar area of Sylhet-Tamabil highway. Mahanagar Jamaat blocked the Dhaka-Sylhet-Sunamganj highway in Kumargaon Temukhi area of the city.
(Information given by concerned representatives in the report)