The 5th day of the road-rail-waterway blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, was marked by incidents of violence at different parts of the country on Wednesday, leaving six people dead.
On the 5th day of the straight protest program, the railway was hit hard as three trains derailed in Gaibandha, Chandpur and Khulna districts that killed three people.
The three unidentified people were killed and nine others injured as the locomotive and two bogies of the Shantahar-bound train from Lalmonirhat, ‘Padmarag Express’, derailed at Ullasonatola village in Saghata upazila of Gaibandha at about 1:30am due to the removal of fishplates from the rail tracks by blockaders.
Meanwhile, at least 41 people were injured when the engine and three bogies of ‘Meghna Express’ veered off the tracks in between Shahtali and Madhu railway stations in Sadar upazila of Chandpur around 5:30am, also following the removal of fishplates.
Yet in another incident of sabotage targeting the railway, six bogies, including the engine, of ‘Nakshikantha’ train derailed at Jugmipasha in Fultala upazila of in Khulna around 1:45am, leaving at least six passengers injured.
Following the accidents, the rail communications of Chittagong, Khulna and Gaibandha with the rest of the country remained suspended.
In Feni, a local Jubo Dal leader was killed and over 50 people were injured, six with bullets, in a clash with cops in the district town in the afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Harunur Rashid Harun, 30, vice-president of Faradnagar union unit of the BNP’s youth wing in Sadar upazila.
In Kishoreganj, a man was killed as a battery-run easy-bike, being chased by blockaders, overturned on the Dhaka-Kishoreganj Highway at Chauddasato in Sadar upazila in the early hours.
The deceased was identified as trader Ujjal Sarkar, 28, of Polerghat village in Pakundia upazila.
On the other hand, a freedom fighter, who was injured in attack by alleged activists of Jamaat-Shibir men at Bhara-Simla village in Kaliganj upazila of Satkhira on Tuesday midnight, died at a hospital in the morning.
The deceased was identified as Alauddin Khokon, 62, of Bhara-Simla village.
Meanwhile, incidents of stray violence were also reported from different parts of the country, including the capital, when 100 people were injured, several vehicles were damaged and around 90 people were arrested.
The first four days of the blockade were marked by violent incidents of clashes, bomb blasts, vandalism and arson attacks on buses and railways across the country that killed 16 people.
The opposition combine enforced the blockade program at 6:00am on Saturday demanding cancellation of the schedule for the 10th parliamentary elections billed for January 5 and protesting the filing of ‘false’ cases against its leaders and activists.
The blockade is also meant for protesting denial of permission to it to hold a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan on Saturday afternoon and the continued repression and oppression on the opposition leaders and activists.
On November 25, the Election Commission announced the election schedule.
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