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The Islami Chhatra Shibir- enforced daylong countrywide hartal, after the two nationwide shutdowns for three straight days from Monday, is progressing amid stray incidents of violence today (Thursday).
Police arrested a Shibir activist along with a bottle of petrol at Mohakhali in the city at about 7.00am. Later acting on his confession, law enforcers arrested 11 more activists of the organisation from Southpara.
Police dispersed a procession of Shibir activists in support of the hartal at E Block in Mirpur-6 under Pallabi thana at about 7.30am and arrested seven activists from the spot.
At Sutrapur, Shibir activists brought out several storm processions at 5.30 am and locked in clash with police, in which assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Haridas and ansar member Monir were injured.
Police later dispersed the processions by firing rubber bullets and lobbing teargas canisters and arrested five pickets from the spot.
Three crude bombs were exploded and a human hauler set ablaze by pickets during the clash.
At Jatrabari, hartal supporters brought out a procession at 6.00 am and blasted five crude bombs, creating panic among the locals.
Later they moved away when police approached.
At Shanir Akhra, police dispersed a procession of Shibir activists by charging baton and firing rubber bullets at 7.00 am.
Law enforcers arrested five activists from the spot.
At Mirhajaribagh, Shibir activists locked in a fierce clash with police getting obstructed by law enforcers at 7.15 am and vandalised several vehicles there.
At Bibir Bagicha, a human hauler (Leguna) was set afire at 6.30am.
At Maizpara of Mirpur, police foiled a procession of Shibir activists at 7.00am.
In Feni, Shibir activists vandalised a truck and a few other vehicles and exploded at least 20 crude bombs on the Dhaka-Chittagong Highway, Shaheed Shahidullah Kaiser Road, Trunk Road, at Shanti Company intersection and in Madina bus stand area of the town in the morning.
In Natore, Shibir activists blocked the Natore-Dhaka Highway by burning tyres in front of Al-Sun Hospital in the morning.
Shibir activists also brought out a procession at Harishpur in the town.
In Comilla, Shibir men exploded four crude bombs at Thomson Bridge in the town at around 5:30am.
Police arrested four persons while picketing in Katherpool area of Chandina upazila in the morning.
In Khulna, Shibir men vandalised 8-9 vehicles and blocked the Khulna-Jessore Highway with tree logs at Shiromoni in Sadar upazila at around 7.00am.
Shibir activists also brought out a procession in support of the strike at Fultala in Sadar upazila where two cocktails exploded around 6:30am.
Meanwhile, hartal was continuing peacefully in Rajshahi and Chittagong divisions while filing this report at 10.00am.
Shibir, the associate body of Jamaat-e-Islami, called the shutdown on Wednesday in protest against what it said torturing its central president on police remand and demanding his immediate release.
On March 31, plainclothes police arrested Shibir chief Delwar Hossain from the city’s Shaymoli area and then showed him arrested in two cases.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Wednesday extended its support to Shibir’s hartal.
Meanwhile, the 36-hour nationwide hartal, enforced by the BNP-led 18-party alliance, ended on Wednesday amid clashes and crude bomb blasts at various places across the country.
The opposition alliance enforced the shutdown at 6.00am on Tuesday to realise its various demands, including release of its arrested leaders and activists.
Earlier on Monday, Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh enforced a countrywide shutdown on Monday protesting the government obstructions to its Saturday’s long march programme and repression of its activists on their way to Dhaka.
United News of Bangladesh