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Blockade continues amid violence

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oborodh7aStaff Reporter
A fresh spell of nationwide 72-hour road-rail-waterway blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, is progressing amid stray incidents of violence yesterday.
The blockade started at 6:00am and it will continue until 6:00am Tuesday if it is not extended further as done during the previous two spells.
Opposition activists blasted crude bombs, vandalized vehicles, brought out processions and clashed with law enforcers at different parts of the capital, including Rampura, Bhasantek, Khilgaon, Tejgaon and Jatrabari areas in the morning. Several people were also arrested from different areas.
Blockaders set a stationary bus afire at Dholaipar in Jatrabari around 4:30 am.
Meanwhile, a minor boy and his father suffered bullet wounds as police opened fire on a procession of Jamaat-Shibir activists at the city’s Malibagh Chowdhury Para around 11 am.
The injured were identified as NGO employee Majedur Rahman, 45, a resident of East Nayatola in the city and his son Mahir Ahmed, 6.
In Munshiganj, a bus was set afire keeping its helper asleep inside by blockaders at Mawa ghat in Louhajang upazila early Saturday.
The burnt bus helper was identified as Alamgir,23, hailing from Patbhog village in Srinagar upazila of the district.
The blockaders also set ablaze two launches -- MV-Razib and MV-Masum -- and vandalised two others named MV-Sajal-1 and MV-Halim, anchored in the ghat area at the same time.
In another incident, blockade supporters torched a ‘Gangchil Paribahan’ bus in Mawa Petrol Pump area around 3:15 am.
Incidents of violence were also reported from Laxmipur, Bogra, Sylhet, Satkhira and Narail districts.
After the end of 131-hour blockade program protesting the election schedule, BNP joint secretary general Salauddin Ahmed on Thursday announced the 72-hour nationwide blockade through a video message sent from an undisclosed location.
The opposition combine has already enforced 202 hours of road-rail-waterway blockade across the country in two spells -- 71-hour and 131-hour ones -- after the announcement of the election schedule for the 10th parliamentary elections that left at least 45 people dead.
On November 25, the Chief Election Commissioner announced that the 10th parliamentary elections will be held on January 5 next.

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