Miscreants blasted seven crude bombs in front of the houses of a Supreme Court judge and environment minister and the office of Motijheel police deputy commissioner in the capital this morning.
None was reported hurt in the explosions that took place in a span of one hour.
Meanwhile, criminals set fire to two vehicles– a bus near Tejgaon College at Farmgate around noon and a private car near the foot-over bridge at Kalabagan– in the capital, said the duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence. No injury was reported in the blaze.
The violence was reported a day before the beginning of a 60-hour countrywide hartal.
While addressing a rally at Suhrawardy Udyan yesterday, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia threatened with the shutdown from tomorrow morning if the government does not initiate talks with her party by today over formation of a non-partisan election-time government.
The first explosion was reported around 9:30am that occurred near the Kakrail office of Ashrafuzzaman, deputy commissioner (Motijheel zone) of Dhaka Metropolitan Police.
The second blast took place around 10:00am at the Dhanmondi house of Environment and Forest Minister Hasan Mahmud.
A man suspected to be an activist of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, was arrested along with a cocktail near the minister’s house, said Masud Karim, officer-in-charge of Dhanmondi Police Station.
The third explosion occurred around 10:30am as criminals hurled a homemade bomb at the Kakrail residence of Justice SK Sinha, a member of the Supreme Court bench designed to hear the appeals of war crimes convicts, Ramna police said.
The judge recently received death threat several times over telephone, SC Registrar AKM Shamsul Islam told The Daily Star immediately after the blast.
Sinha was at home when the bomb hit his Central Lane residence, the registrar added.
Police and SC officials including the registrar visited the spot immediately after the explosion.
Ramna police set to file a case in connection with the blast, he said.
Police also picked up several persons from the adjacent areas of the office of Motijheel deputy commissioner, said Alamgir Bhuiyan, officer-in-charge (investigation) of Paltan Police Station.
Three bombs were exploded in front of the minister’s Dhanmondi house on Road no.5, Masud Karim said.
The criminals hurled three homemade bombs in front of the Motijheel deputy commissioner’s office, said Alamgir Bhuiyan.
Yesterday, anonymous callers had issued separate threats to kill several police officials and their family members.
Moreover, two cocktails were hurled at the Zigatola residence of minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta yesterday few hours before the BNP-led 18-party alliance started its rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.
Within couple of hours, three more crude bombs were exploded in front of the Dhanmondi (Road No. 1) residence of Abdul Mannan, president of Dhaka district BNP unit.
Five bombs were also hurled near the Shishu Park, Kataban mosque and Matsya Bhaban areas in the capital when the activists of the opposition combine were returning from the rally venue in small processions around 6:00pm yesterday.
None was hurt in the blasts.