1st day of Jamaat hartal passes off by and large peacefully

1st day of Jamaat hartal passes off by and large peacefully

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The first day of the two-day dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami passed off by and large peacefully on Wednesday amid some stray incidents of setting fire to vehicles including a covered van of a cement company and vandalising several other vehicles and explosion of crude bombs leaving many people injured.
A Shibir activist used his teeth to escape the arrest by biting the hands of a police of Special Branch in Barisal on the day.
The incident took place when police stopped an instant procession of Shibir activists riding motorbikes at stadium gate area of Barisal city at 7:00am.Sources said injured police constable Joynal Abedin filed a case against unknown eight to 10 people with Kotwali Police Station.
Police seized a motorbike from the spot which the Shibir activists left behind in their fronting bid to escape.
Police arrested a number of Jamaat-Shibir activists from the city and elsewhere in the country while they brought out processions in support of countrywide hartal ending at 5:30pm on on the day.
The Jamaat enforced the 48-hour hartal protesting the death sentence against one of its senior leaders ATM Azharul Islam for his involvement in crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
The hartal coincides with the end of 2014 and beginning of New Year 2015.
The Jamaat-Shibir activists staged instant processions at different parts of the city and they just disappeared when police moved in.
In the morning, Jamaat-Shibir pickets brought out a procession in Ganderia and set fire on a covered van of a cement company. Later, fire service rushed to the spot and control fire under control, duty officer Farhad said.
Jamaat Shibir activists also brought out a procession at Rayerbagh area in Jatrabari and damaged some vehicles. They also exploded four crude bombs.
The government has taken tight security measures to avoid any untoward incidents.
As part of the programme, the government deployed, Border Guard of Bangladesh and additional police forces at different strategic points in the city and different parts of the country.
Movement of public transport and private cars was lesser than other days but plying of rickshaws and CNG-run auto rickshaws were almost as usual.
Launch, train and flight service were p[erated as usual but long distance buses did not lave Dhaka to avoid untoward incidents.
The pickets also brought out a procession and vandalised vehicles in Pallabi areas. – Staff Reporter

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