It was 5:50 am on the clock. A bus caught fire in Chaturi Chaumuhni area of Anwara upazila. Miscreants set fire to this bus standing in front of the mosque. Two units of the fire service brought the fire under control in 40 minutes but by then the bus was burnt to ashes. This incident happened on Monday morning. On the same day, at the same time, a CNG auto-rickshaw parked on Chittagong-Hathazari road was set on fire in Atura depot area of Panchlaish police station of the city. A covered van was vandalized by miscreants at the same time. Not only these three incidents on Monday, 80 percent of the incidents of fire and vandalism in the ongoing agitation program of hartal-blockade took place in this early morning. So there is a fear of dawn on the roads and highways of Chittagong.
In the last 11 days, 11 vehicles were set on fire and vandalized on Chittagong’s roads and highways. 9 of these incidents occurred in the early hours of the morning. At this time, the presence of common people on the road is less. There are not enough police guards. Awami League leaders and activists are also absent on the road at this time. For these three reasons miscreants are choosing dawn and night to set fire.
Acknowledging the matter, Chittagong Police Commissioner Krishnapad Roy said that several incidents have occurred in the city during the hartal and blockade program. Reviewing where the rogues are active at any given time. They consider dawn to be safe. The presence of people is less at this time. Therefore, security will be strengthened.
Chittagong Superintendent of Police SM Shafiullah said, we are keeping a special eye on Dhaka-Chittagong and Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar highways due to strike and blockade. Miscreants set fire to some vehicles on the highway in the early hours of the morning. We have now increased vigilance on the highways.
On the first day of BNP’s third phase of blockade on November 8, sporadic incidents of violence occurred in Khagrachari and Sitakunda. A cargo truck leaving from Chittagong was set on fire in Alutila area of Matiranga upazila of Khagrachari during the blockade program. On the same day, at the same time, an attack took place at the Sonali CNG filling station in the Jalil Gate area of Bhatiari Union in Sitakunda.
Anwar Hossain, the manager of the filling station, said that the streets were deserted during Fajr prayers. At this time suddenly 10-12 people from the microbus came in front of their filling station. Everyone had a mask on their face. At the start they detonate two cocktails and shoot the ship’s signal lights. He and the employees of the filling station panicked. At one point the miscreants broke all the glass of the filling station and got back into the microbus. He said that the filling station is owned by BNP Central Joint Secretary General Aslam Chowdhury.
Sitakunda police station OC Tofail Ahmed said that no one could be arrested immediately in connection with the vandalism of the CNG filling station.
Apart from this, a bus was burnt in Rangunia on the last day of the 72-hour siege on November 2. Two more buses were vandalized. All the incidents happened in the early morning. Chandan Chakraborty, OC of Rangunia police station, said that three buses of ‘AB Travels’ on the Chittagong-Lichubagan route were kept on the side of the road at night. The besiegers attacked there at dawn. As these incidents took place in the early hours of the morning, no one could be arrested immediately.
Firefighter Mohammad Sajim of Anwara Fire Service Station said that most of the incidents of fire and vandalism are happening in the early hours of the morning. At this time we are now in panic. Be careful where the news comes from.