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9th day blockade leaves 5 dead

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oborodh2a_0Staff reporter

The 9th day of the countywide non-stop transport blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, passed off amid stray violence leaving five people dead in Rangpur and Chittagong districts on Wednesday.

Four people, including a child, were burnt to death and 10 others suffered injuries in a petrol bomb attack by pickets in Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur district during the blockade.

The victims could not be identified immediately.

Police said pickets hurled a petrol bomb at the Dhaka-bound bus coming from Ulipur of Kurigram district at Batason at 12:50am, leaving four passengers dead on the spot and 10 others injured.

The injured passengers were taken to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.

An activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, Mohammad Jubayer, 20, son of Mohammad Yunus, was crushed under the wheels of a truck while picketing in Chunti Forest Gate area of Lohagara upazila of Chittagong early Wednesday.

Police said the accident took place when the Chittagong-bound truck from Cox’s Bazar hit Jubayer in the area while he was picketing leaving him dead on the spot.

In the capital, no untoward incident took place anywhere till filing of this report around 10.30am.

In Faridpur, miscreants set fire to the office room of the assistant commissioner (land) in Sadar upazila around 12:00am, leaving some documents burnt.

On information, a fire fighting unit rushed in and doused the blaze.

In Sylhet, JCD activists exploded three crude bombs targeting police in the city’s Bandarbazar area around 8:30am.

Shibir activists damaged two CNG-run auto-rickshaws in Choukidikhi area of the city around 9:00am.

In Natore, pickets torched a mini truck on the Ahammadpur Bridge in Sadar upazila in the morning.

In Laxmipur, blockaders set a truck and a pickup van ablaze in Andarghar area on the Dhaka-Laxmipur highway in the morning.

Leaders and activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal blocked the College Road of the town placing logs and torching tyres by pouring petrol in the morning.

Three crude bombs were exploded from a procession of Jamaat-Shibir men in Dakhkhin Tehmohni of the town.

Amid their non-stop countrywide blockade program, the BNP-lead 20-party alliance on Tuesday night called a 24-hour nationwide hartal from 6.00am Thursday protesting the gun attack on BNP chairperson’s adviser Reaz Rahman.

Vehicular movement in the capital was as usual as blockaders were hardly seen on the streets in the morning.

Rail communications with Dhaka and other districts were normal.

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 December 6 (Tuesday) as the government did not allow her party and allies to hold protest rallies in the capital.