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Ban for others, not for AL men

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Staff Reporter Defying the ban on all kind of rallies and meetings in the capital by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), leaders and activists of the ruling Awami Leauge took to the streets on Monday. At different areas in the capital including Mirpur, Shyamoly, Dhanmondi, Motijheel and Paltan areas, Awami League activists and leaders took positions at numerous points of the areas since morning. At some of the spots, the AL activists even set up pandals and played patriotic songs using loudspeakers. In front of the Siddeswari College nearby Century Arched Market, Chhatra League activists captured the main road setting around a good number of chairs, and were chatting in good humor blocking the traffic. Talking to reporters at the AL’s Paltan headquarters about the presence of AL activists on city roads, its Metropolitan unit secretary general and Disaster Management and Relief Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya said Dhaka city residents came out of their homes to protect the city due to the incidents of violence last night. AL acting secretary general Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said AL activists have taken positions at about 200 spots in the capital. In the wake of escalating political tension over the programs and counter-programs of the ruling and opposition parties to mark the January 5 election, the DMP on Sunday imposed an indefinite ban on holding all types of public rally and gathering in the city from 5pm on Sunday. According to a DMP press release, the ban will remain in force until further notice.