Jamaat's countrywide hartal passes off peacefully

Jamaat’s countrywide hartal passes off peacefully


The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal, enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the execution of death sentence against its former secretary general Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed for his war crimes is underway peacefully on Monday.
In the capital, there was no report of any violent incident.
Public life was almost normal though educational institutions remained closed. But government and non-government offices were open.
The presence of motorised vehicles was normal on the streets.A large number of police personnel remained deployed at important city points to fend off any trouble.
In Satkhira, joint forces teams in separate drives from Sunday night to early Monday arrested 27 people including 12 Jamaat activists from eight upazilas of the district on sabotage charges.
Enamul Haque, Sub-inspector of Satkhira district police, said the joint team conducted separate drives in the eight upazilas and arrested 27 people including 12 Jamaat men.
Among the arrestees, 10 people were from Sadar upazila, four from Kolaroa upazila, two from Tala, five from Kaliganj upazila, two from Ashashuni upazila, 2 from Debhata, three from Patkelghata and one from Shymnagar upazila.
In Sylhet, police arrested former vice-president of Chhatra Dal Abdul Ahad Khan Jamal from Mirabazar area in the city early Monday.
Sohel Ahmad, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station, said tipped off, a team of police conducted a raid at the JCD leader’s residence in the area and arrested him at about 1:00 am.
The arrestee was wanted in several cases, the OC added.
In Chapainawabganj, a joint forces team in a drive arrested acting chairman of Shibganj upazila Sayma Khatun from Mirzapur village of the upazila early Monday in an extortion case.
Sayma Khatun is also a leader of the local unit BNP.
Moinul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shibganj Police Station, said the joint forces team conducted a drive at her residence at the village around 2am and arrested her.
She was accused in several cases including an extortion case filed on Sunday last, added the OC.
Besides, police in separate drives from Sunday night to early Monday arrested 21 people including one activist of Jamaat from different places in the district.
In Joypurhat, no procession or picketing was seen in support of the hartal in the district.
Law enforcers took position at different strategic points to fend off any trouble.
Meanwhile, Primary School Certificate (PSC) and Ebtedayee examinations that were scheduled to be held today (Monday) will be held on November 30 for unavoidable circumstance.
Public Relations Officer of Primary and Mass Education Ministry Rabindra Roy told UNB that Bangla examinations of PSC and Ebtedayee that were scheduled for Monday have been shifted due to the shutdown called by Jamaat.
Jamaat’s acting ameer Makbul Ahmad announced the strike soon after Mojaheed was executed at Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours of Sunday.
Earlier, convicts in war crimes Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged to death at Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours of Sunday for the atrocities they had committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
The two war criminals were executed after President Abdul Hamid rejected their mercy petitions.- News Desk


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