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16th day blockade marks no major violence

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Staff Reporter
The 16th day of the nationwide non-stop transport blockade, enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance, passed off on Tuesday.
There was no report of any incident of major violence barring some arson attacks and crude bomb blasts across the country.
In the capital, miscreants set fire to the local Awami League office at Shanir Akhra around 7:50am.
Besides, miscreants set fire to a pickup in Jatrabari area and a rickshaw at Merul Badda in the morning.
Miscreants set off a crude bomb in Dhaka University’s Arts Faculty building, prompting the authorities to think about beefing up security on the campus.
The pickets hurled three crude bombs, of which one exploded, in Badda Link Road area around 7:45am. On information, police went to the spot and recovered the bombs.
Meanwhile, Nuruzzaman Jony, 30, secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal’ s Tilpapara unit, was killed in a ‘gunfight’ with members of the Detective Branch (DB) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at Khilgaon in the early hours.
However, the traffic in the capital was normal while a large number of law enforcers remained deployed in different parts to fend off any trouble.
According to reports reaching the UNB news desk, four people, including a woman, received burn injuries as miscreants hurled a Molotov cocktail at a bus in Rajshahi city while two others were burned in Goainghat upazila of Sylhet as pickets set fire to a sand-laden truck by hurling a petrol bomb. Some 20 more vehicles were either torched or vandalised in Laxmipur, Sylhet and Bogra.
Around 108 people were arrested from different parts of the country including Khulna, Sylhet, Kurigram, Laxmipur, Sylhet, Pabna and Bogra.
Miscreants threw three crude bombs at the house of Jasad MP Mainuddin Khan Badal at Sarwatoli village in Boalkhali upazila of Chittagong district early Tuesday.
Besides, a woman who suffered burn injuries in a petrol bomb attack on a bus by pickets in Mithapukur upazila of Rangpur district on January 14 died at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in the capital early Tuesday.
Around 50 crude bombs were exploded in separate parts of the district during the countrywide transport blockade on Monday night and Tuesday morning in Brahmanbaria.
Fourteen shops belonging to activists of BNP were set on fire allegedly by a group of activists of the local unit of Awami League at Dadghor Bazar in Monaharganj upazila on Monday night.
Besides, a 36-hour hartal in Chittagong division enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance protesting the arrest of its leaders and activists, is progressing simultaneously with the blockade.
In another development, the BNP-led 20-party alliance is set to enforce a 48-hour hartal in Dhaka and Khulna divisions from Wednesday alongside its ongoing blockade programme, protesting the incidents of extrajudicial killing, forced disappearance and arrest of its leaders “by the government”.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia called the countrywide indefinite blockade from January 6 as the government did not allow her party and allies to hold protest rallies in the capital.