Dhaka: Some 100
vehicles across Bangladesh were smashed or set on fire in the
early hours of a non-stop 48 hour strike Monday demanding release
of opposition activists detained in a police raid on their party
In capital Dhaka and elsewhere in the South Asian country, where 'hartal'
has become a very common form of protest in the recent months,
scores of cocktail and handmade bombs were exploded, leaving
dozens of people including law enforcers injured, Xinhua news
Riot police shot rubber bullets and lobbed tear gas shells to
disperse stone throwing pro-hartal activists who attempted to
block roads and bring out procession along the major city streets,
Police detained dozens of opposition activists.
The hartal crippled normal life and business transactions to large
extent with many main markets and educational institutions closed.
Over 1,000 trucks laden with cargo meant for ready-made garment
export items were stranded on their way to Chittagong seaport,
some 242 km southeast of capital Dhaka, a TV channel reported.
Private cars were hardly seen on Dhaka roads but a large number of
rickshaws appeared in the usually bustling streets along with
At least 20 vehicles were also reportedly set on fire and 40
damaged fully or partially across Bangladesh in pre-hartal
In an incident in Dhaka, three physicians were injured as
miscreants hurled a bomb at their car Sunday night.
A total of 154 main opposition men including dozens of leaders,
who were detained during a raid on their headquarters last Monday
night, were sent to jail Tuesday in connection with two assault
cases against them.
Police raided (BNP) headquarters less than an hour after the party
announced countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Tuesday to protest
at what it said government's corruption, misrule, oppression and
At least 76 people were killed and hundreds injured in the riots
that erupted since a tribunal awarded death sentence to the
Jamaat's Vice President Delwar Hosssain Sayeede for war crimes in
1971 Feb 28.