Scattered clashes mark strike
1 more killed in Satkhira, fresh strike in Comilla todayStaff Correspondent
One more was killed in clashes during strike hours on Tuesday, the last day of the three-day general strike Jamaat-e-Islami and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party enforced, straining people’s life across the country.
Three others, including a police constable, who became injured in violence on Thursday and Sunday in Bogra, Rangpur and Thukurgaon died on Tuesday.
The death toll from violence amid the strike — for
48 hours enforced by Jamaat from Sunday and then by the BNP for Tuesday — reached 29.
The strike strained people’s life as as pickets snapped and hampered communications by uprooting railway, blocking roads with logs and attacking trains and buses in places in the three days.
The New Age correspondent in Satkhira said that Shukur Ali, 52, of Hatunia was killed when miscreants threw a crude bomb on the office of the Kalaroa upazila vice-chairman, Awami League leader Aminul Islam, inside the upazila complex. Five others who were injured were admitted to hospital.
Aminul alleged that the BNP and Jamaat activists had exploded the bomb to kill him. ‘I survived as I was in another room.’
In Comilla, pickets and activists of the ruling Awami League and its front organisations clashed at Kandirpar. At least 12 were injured.
At least 70 crude bombs were exploded and three motorcycles were burnt on Laksam Road near Comilla Tower Market. Awami League activists attacked the district BNP office about midday.
The Comilla district BNP president, Begum Rabeya Choudhury, meanwhile, announced a daylong general strike in the district headquarters for today in protest at the attack.
The latest death took to 83 the number of people killed in violence after February 28 when International Crimes Tribunal 1 sentenced Jamaat’s nayeb-e-amir Delwar Hossain Sayedee to death for war crimes he had committed in 1971.
Jamaat, however, claimed that 150 people, including women and children, had been killed during the period.
The correspondent in Bogra said Shibir activist Selim Hossain, who became injured on Sunday, when Jamaat started enforcing the strike, died in Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College Hospital on Tuesday morning.
Dulal Islam, 20, who became injured with a bullet in clashes in Thakurgaon died in Rangpur Medical College Hospital on Tuesday, the New Age correspondent said.
Police constable Mozahar Ali, 42, died from his injuries in Combined Military Hospital in the capital Dhaka on Tuesday.
Mozahar became injured in clashes as Jamaat and Shibir activists and the police clashed at Pirgachha in Rangpur on February 28.
Mozahar was first admitted to Rangpur Medical College Hospital and was later moved the CMH as his condition deteriorated after 48 hours.
At least 110 people were killed in violence violence that broke out after February 5 when International Crimes Tribunal 2 had sentenced Jamaat’s assistant general Abdul Quader Molla to life in prison, triggering youth protests at Shahbagh calling for death penalty for all war criminals.
Jamaat on February 28 called for the 48-hour general strike beginning Sunday morning demanding Sayedee’s release and denouncing its activists being killed in police firing.
The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, also the leader of the opposition in the parliament, on Friday called the countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike for Tuesday in protest against killing by law enforcers.
The BNP and Jamaat, a key partner in the BNP-led opposition alliance, will go on demonstrations across the country today in protesting at the killing in police firing.
Jamaat has threatened a general strike again if its demonstrations were obstructed.
Pickets blocked roads during strike hours on Tuesday. AL activists clashed with pickets in places.
The pickets burnt and damaged several buses, trucks and human haulers and exploded crude bombs.
In Dhaka, pickets burnt three vehicles and damaged several others and exploded several crude bombs.
The Dhaka Metropolitan Police said that they had detained 21 pickets on charge of vandalising and burning vehicles.
The police also detained two Shibir activists in Sylhet, two in Gazipur, five in Jhenaidah, three in Narayanganj and four in Tangail.
The pickets clashed with the police and ruling party men in places such as Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Barisal, Jessore, Chittagong, Chapainawabganj, Comilla, Lalmonirhat and Rangpur.
The pickets exploded crude bombs and attacked houses and business establishment of ruling party men during clashes.
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