Dhaka – The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal, enforced by the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, protesting what it said conspiracy against Islam’s status as a ‘state religion’ in the constitution, is going on peacefully today (Monday), the UNB news agency has reported.
No picketing by the party activists was seen anywhere in the capital as of filing this report at 9:00am.
Vehicular movement on the city roads was almost normal in the morning.
A large number of policemen remained deployed in the city to fend off any trouble.
Acting secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami Dr Shafiqur Rahman announced the shutdown through a press statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, Bangladesh is a Muslim country and Islam has been included in the constitution as a state religion and no demand has been raised from people to remove Islam from the constitution.
If the government takes any initiative to remove Islam from the constitution, the people of the country would not accept it, the statement said.
Earlier, several petitions had been filed against the state religion status of Islam in the constitution.
Late in the morning Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami prought out processions from different parts of the capital and its suburbs to enforce the call of countrywide hartal. – News Desk