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Bangladesh: BNP strike hits normal life

Posted on Mar 12, 08:25PM | IBNS

Dhaka, Mar 12 : The nationwide day-long strike called by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP)-led 18-party opposition alliance on Tuesday disrupted normal life in the country.

Khaleda Zia's BNP-led oppostion has called the strike to protest against the alleged police intimidation during a rally on Monday.

The police clashed with the protesters in Dhaka, reports said.

At least 20 people, including a police constable, were injured when police and BNP supporters clashed at Sirajganj Sadar Upazila, reports said.

Incidents of arson and vandalism were reported from Chandpur, Chittagong, Dinajpur Comilla and Rajshahi.

Strike supporters reportedly blasted crude bombs at Jatrabari area and attempted to block roads at Mirpur and Gabtoli by burning tyres.

Railway tracks were blocked by strike supporters at Laksam area in Comilla district.

The police on Monday raided the BNP headquarters here and detained some senior leaders including acting general secretary Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir.

The leaders were released on Tuesday.

"We will launch tougher movement if our leaders and activists detained during yesterday's raid are not released immediately," Alamgir told reporters after the release.

Recently, Bangladesh witnessed massive violence after Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee was sentenced to death by a tribunal for several crimes like mass killings, torture, rape and looting and forcible religious conversion during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971 when the country attained freedom from Pakistan after a bloody struggle that left countless dead and thousands of women outraged.