The BNP-led 18-party alliance has called countrywide daylong hartal (shutdown) for Wednesday and Thursday protesting the “government crackdown” on the activists of Hefajat-e Islam.
The shutdown will be enforced from 6:00am to 6:00pm on May 8 and 9.
The decision was taken during a meeting of 18-party alliance held at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan residence Monday night, sources close to the party told The Daily Star.
Sadeque Hossain Khoka, vice-chairman of the BNP, after the meeting told reporters that they will formally announce the shutdown during a press briefing at the party’s central office in Nayapaltan of the capital on Tuesday.
The BNP leader also said a Gayebana Janaza (funeral prayers) will also be held in front of the party headquarters after Asar prayers Tuesday.
The law enforcers flushed out thousands of activists of Hefajat, a Qawmi madrasa-based Islamist organisation, from the capital’s downtown Motijheel early Monday while they took position there after a post-blockade rally on Sunday.
During yesterday’s Dhaka siege programme, the Hefajat men unleashed mayhem in the capital, leaving at least eight people dead.