At least 70 people were injured as pro-hartal activists set fire to two trains in Sadar upazila of Joypurhat during the hartal hours today.
Of the train, one is Rupsha Express, an intercity train, while another is a Khulna-bound commuter-cum-goods train.
The pro-hartal activists also vandalised the each and every windowpane of the Rupsha Express, reports our Dinajpur correspondent.
The rail communications of Joypurhat with Dinajpur, Dhaka, Khulna and Rajshahi came to a halt for four hours from 10:30am following the violence.
The BNP-led 18-party opposition combine called a 60-hour hartal (shutdown) from 6:00am today demanding formation of an all-party polls-time government.
The Khulna-bound Rupsha Express came under attack as it reached Joypurhat Railway Station from Syedpur upazila of Nilphamari district around 10:20am.
Around 200 pro-hartal activists swooped on the train with bamboo sticks and vandalised its each and every windowpane and set fire to one of its nine compartments, said Md Ibrahim, assistant station master of Joypurhat Railway Station.
At least 40 people were injured as the pickets hurled brick chips during the attack.
The miscreants also set fire to a compartment of another train which also came from Syedpur putting logs on rail tracks at Puranpoil area near the railway station around 12:30pm, the railway official added.
They also vandalised the train with bamboo sticks and brickbats, and set fire to three compartments carrying goods.
Goods worth around Tk 1 crore were damaged in the incident, Md Nurul Islam, headmaster of Joypurhat Railway Station told The Daily Station.
At least 30 people were injured in the incident.