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Stray violence mark 5th-day blockade. 14 vehicles torched

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bas_agunStaff Reporter
At least 14 vehicles were torched across the country as the 5th day of the nationwide indefinite transport blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, was marked by stray violence on Saturday.
The train communications of Chittagong with the rest of the country remained snapped for about six hours as the locomotive and a bogie of Chittagong-bound ‘Godhuli Express’ train from Dhaka veered off the tracks in Nangalkot upazila of Comilla after pickets cut off a three-foot stretch of rail line.
In the capital, three crude bombs went off in front of Awami League’s central office at Bangabandhu Avenue.
Officer-in-charge (OC) of Paltan police station Morshed Alam said unidentified miscreants blasted three crude bombs around 3pm.
Besides, at least 10 crude bombs were blasted in Mirpur-10 around 6:30pm while two others in front of BTV Bhaban at Rampura around 4:45pm.
Meanwhile, five vehicles were set alight in Tejgaon, Shahbagh, Merul Badda, Shanir Akhra and Jatrabari area during the 5th day blockade, leaving a passenger injured.
In another incident, a woman was injured when some pickets hurled brick chips at a bus at Natunbazar around 8:15am.
The miscreants also threw a petrol bomb at a CNG-run auto-rickshaw near Gausia Market in New Market area around 6:50pm.
In Gaibandha, the headmaster of a primary school who was injured in an attack by pickets in Palashbari upazila on Friday died at Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday.
Altaf Hossain, 45, the headmaster of Bhagbanpur Govt Primary School, along with three other passengers sustained injuries after the blockaders attacked a human hauler (easy-bike) on Gaibandha-Palashbari road on Friday noon. He was whisked off to the medical college hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.
Besides, 30 auto-biles and three buses were damaged by pickets at Maheshkhali, Dublagari and Jundah on Rangpur-Bogra highway.
In Dinajpur, blockaders set four trucks ablaze in separates places of the district.
Earlier on Friday night, a maize-laden truck was set afire in Nimnagar bus stand area in the district town. Later, a firefighting unit doused the blaze.
In Bogra, miscreants set four vehicles on fire and vandalised scores in different parts of the district.
In Moulvibazar, a bus was torched in at Dhulipara on Moulvibazar-Kulaura road in Kulaura upazila in the morning.
In Laxmipur, three auto-rickshaws were vandalised in the district bus terminal, Iterpol and Alia Madrasah areas in the town during the blockade on Saturday.
Train services across the country have severely been affected as all the trains were running behind the schedule, said Railway sources.
A large number of law enforcers remained deployed in different parts of the capital to fend off any trouble.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia called the countrywide indefinite blockade from Tuesday as the government did not allow her party and allies to hold protest rallies in the capital.
A man was killed and 30 people, including three cops, were injured in separate clashes between police and blockade supporters across the country on Friday, the fourth day of the blockade.