Four buses were torched in the capital on the second day of the three-day total blockade called by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami. Meanwhile, a bus was set on fire in front of the gate of Kafrul police station in Mirpur. Apart from this, three more buses were set on fire in Shyamoli and Mugda areas. No casualties were reported in these incidents. On the other hand, long-distance buses did not leave the capital’s bus terminals due to the blockade. Most of the launches did not leave Sadarghat due to lack of passengers.
Bus fire in front of Kafrul police station gate: A bus was set on fire in front of the gate of Kafrul police station around 3:30 pm on Wednesday.
Kafrul Police Station OC Md. Farukul Alam said that after 3 o’clock miscreants chased a bus named Titus and set fire to the rear of the bus. At that time, as the bus was near the police station, the driver of the bus thought of safety and brought the bus in front of the gate of Kafrul police station. No one involved in the incident was immediately arrested.
Bus fire in Shyamoli: A passenger bus of Welcome Transport was set on fire in Shyamoli in the capital. The incident took place in front of Shyamoli Square at around 6 pm yesterday.
Bus fire in Mugaday: A Midline Paribahan bus was set on fire by passengers in Mugda area of the capital on Wednesday around 11:55 am. According to the control room of the fire service headquarters, two units of the fire service went to the spot and saw that the bus was burnt to ashes. However, no one was injured in this incident.
Long-distance vehicles did not depart from the bus terminal : Long-distance vehicles did not ply from the capital’s bus terminals on the second day of the three-day blockade programme. Most of the bus counters were closed. And the counters that were open, there were no passengers.
It was seen that long-distance buses did not ply on the second day of the blockade like the first day at Gabtali, Mohakhali and Sayedabad bus terminals in the capital. And buses are running in limited form on city roads. No one went out of Dhaka unless absolutely necessary.
BNP procession shot in Bogra, 10 injured
According to the Bogra office, on the second day of nationwide blockade of roads, railways and waterways for 72 hours, police fired, hurled sound grenades, chased Jamaat workers with BGB, torched trucks, and vandalized covered vans at the BNP procession in Bogra on Wednesday. At least 10 people were injured in these incidents.
BGB chase with Jamaat counter chase: At around 9 am, tension broke out when a few coaches, which were blocked by BGB guard, were crossing at Ghuniyatala on the second bypass road. At that time, there was a back-and-forth chase between Jamaat workers and BGB. After about 20 minutes of back-and-forth chase, the situation calmed down when the Jamaat workers withdrew from the highway. Besides, Jamaat-Shibir leaders picketed positions in Tinmatha, Charmatha and Baropur areas of the city.
Youth Dal leader arrested in Bogra: Police arrested a Youth Dal leader from BNP’s blockade program in Bogra. He was arrested from Tinmatha Railgate area of the city around 11:30 pm. The arrested leader’s name is Rashed Rahman. He is the representative of Bogra on the official Facebook page of BNP and a member of the city youth group.
District BNP member secretary shot dead 2 in Faridpur : Faridpur representative said that district BNP member secretary AK Kibria Swapan and District Volunteers’ Joint Convener Rakibul Islam were shot dead in the attack and firing on the BNP rally in support of the siege in Faridpur. Besides, some others were injured. The incident took place near Bahirdia Bridge on Faridpur-Dhaka highway around 12 noon. BNP has alleged that government party workers are involved in the attack. The injured are said to be undergoing treatment secretly to avoid arrest.
7 BNP activists arrested in Saltha: Meanwhile, the police arrested seven BNP activists in Saltha of Faridpur. Last Tuesday night raids were conducted in different areas of the upazila and they were arrested. They are Salthar Bhawal Union BNP President (Acting) Farhad Hossain Kanchan (38), BNP Member Belayet Hossain Tuku (52), Sonapur Union BNP Worker Bachchu Sheikh (60), Jadunandi Union BNP Worker Solaiman (30), Jadunandi Union BNP Worker. Another worker Md Feroz Khan (42), Atghar Union BNP member Akram Mollah (45) and the same union BNP member Badsha Matubbar (58).
Cocktail attack on Maitri Express in Ishwardi : Pabna representative said, there was a cocktail attack on the Kolkata-bound Maitri Express at Ishwardi in Pabna. The compartment window of the Maitri Express train was damaged but no one was injured. The incident took place in front of Ishwardi Girls School near Ishwardi Railway Junction around 12 noon on Wednesday.
Long distance vehicles stopped in Sunamganj: The representative of Sunamganj said that on the second day of the three-day blockade program called by BNP, the leaders and activists held protest marches and picketing at various places including the Sunamganj-Sylhet regional highway.
Chittagong Jamaat’s second day of blockade program: According to the Chittagong Bureau, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has blockaded roads and railways and protested at various places in Chittagong city on the second day of the three-day blockade program called by BNP and Jamaat.
Nayeb Amir of Chittagong city. Under the leadership of AJM Obaidullah and Nayeb Amir Muhammad Nazrul Islam, this blockade program was held in various places including Chandgaon, Doublemooring, EPZ areas of the city.
20 more activists arrested in Chittagong
According to the Chittagong Bureau, on the second day of the three-day continuous blockade program across the country, the leaders and activists of the metropolitan BNP held a peaceful rally at various entrances and highways of Chittagong. In the evening torch processions are held in different parts of the city. Despite hundreds of obstacles from the police, BNP leaders and activists held a blockade program at Kadmatoli junction in the city in the afternoon and Barapul area of Agrabad access road and Chatteshwari road in the morning. However, the police prevented these peaceful blockade programs of BNP and arrested 20 more BNP leaders and activists from last Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening. It is also reported that police raided Chittagong South District BNP convener Abu Sufian at his younger brother’s house at 2 am on Tuesday.
Metropolitan BNP leader Idris Ali said in a circular that in addition to conducting a peaceful blockade program at the entrance and highways of Chittagong metropolis, a torch procession was taken out in the evening by Boalkhali Upazila BNP. North district BNP leader Engineer Belayet Hossain led the march and blockade program at City Gate area of Dhaka Chittagong highway. During the siege, police raided various places of the city last Tuesday night and arrested 20 activists. The organization claims that 35 activists were arrested the day before.
According to the press release, the police have now become the army of the government. They are attacking the peaceful blockade program of BNP and unjustly arresting the activists. The cocktail being recovered by the police is completely false and baseless. It is also claimed in the notice that the police is filing a case after arresting innocent BNP activists and recovering the cocktail.
Bus service stopped in Rajshahi
According to the Rajshahi Bureau, the three-day blockade program called by BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami continues in Rajshahi. No vandalism or violence was reported anywhere from morning to afternoon on the second day of the programme. However, long-distance bus service from Rajshahi is completely stopped. Besides, very limited bus plying on inter-district routes was seen. And the counters are also closed.
Lorry fire in Sitakunda
Sitakunda (Chittagong) Correspondent said, during the nationwide blockade, a rod-laden lorry was set on fire in Sitakunda, Chittagong on the second day. At 3:30 pm on Wednesday, when the lorry was passing the Panthichila slaughterhouse area of the upazila, two motorcyclists stopped the lorry and set it on fire, said Tofail Ahmed, officer-in-charge of Sitakunda Model Police Station.
Bus fire in Savar
Savar (Dhaka) correspondent said, miscreants set fire to a Rimi Paribahan long-distance bus plying on the Dhaka-Gaibandha road at 6:30 a.m. on the second day of the siege in the Madhumati town area of the Dhaka-Aricha highway in Savar. On receiving information, Savar Fire Service reached the spot and brought the fire under control. In this incident, two people named Abdul Alim and Sohail have been arrested by the police.
Bus fire in Patiya
Patia-Chandanaish (Chittagong) Correspondent said that on the second day of the siege of BNP Jamaat, a passenger bus was set on fire in Patia, Chittagong.
The bus was set on fire at the Karnaphuli end of the Patia Velapara bridge on Chittagong Cox’s Bazar highway at 8 am. The police inspector of Karnaphuli police station confirmed the fact of the incident at night and said that the injured protesters set the bus on fire after which the fire brigade members controlled the fire. He said that there was no case till night in this regard.