A Jamaat-e-Islami activist and a commuter have been killed and 47 others including five policemen injured in violence on the second day of the 48-hour nationwide hartal.
Jamaat has enforced the shutdown from Wednesday morning protesting death penalty to its Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday awarded him the capital punishment, enhancing his sentence from life imprisonment handed down by a special court for his wartime offences.
Jamaat activist Delwar Hossain, 40, was killed and 45 others were injured in a clash with police in Mujibnagar upazila of Meherpur and Masud Hossain, 27, died after being attacked by picketers while travelling in a three-wheeler in Sirajganj Sadar upazila on Thursday.
The other districts also witnessed arson, vandalism, explosions and detention. A trucker and a bus driver were injured as pickets set fire to their vehicles in Gazipur and Bogra.
Meanwhile, Abdul Mannan, a sub-inspector of Mujibnagar Police Station, who sustained critical injuries in the clash, was shifted to Combined Medical Hospital (CMH) in Jessore around 2:00pm, said the officer-in-charge of Mujibnagar Police Station.
His condition is stated to be critical as he remains unconscious, the OC, who was also injured in the two-hour clash, told our Kushtia correspondent.
Other injured policemen–Khairul, Azhar and Mir Alam– are three sub-inspectors (SI) of the same police station.
They were admitted to Meherpur GeneralHospital.
In another development, Sirajul Islam, nayeb-e-ameer of Meherpur Jamaat unit, told The Daily Star that another activist who was injured during the clash succumbed on way to RajshahiMedicalCollege and Hospital.
The Jamaat leader also claimed that their 10 activists sustained bullet injuries during the clash.
The clash ensued around 7:30am when the activists of Jamaat and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, tried to block a road at Gouripur area in the upazila.
As police resisted them, an altercation took place between the law enforcers and the Jamaat-Shibir men.
Minutes into the altercation, the Jamaat-Shibir men equipped with wooden and bamboo sticks swooped on the policemen, triggering the clash, the OC added.
Police had to fire 20 gunshots, 40 rubber bullets and 33 teargas canisters to disperse the clashing activists of Jamaat-Shibir as they retaliated by exploding around 50 homemade crude bombs, the OC said.
The casualties took place during the clash, the OC added.
The marauding party activists also torched a police van in Bandar intersection and vandalised at least 4 vehicles in different areas of the town as a sequence of the clash.
The Meherpur police chief visited the spot following the clash.
Two cases were filed against 300 leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir with Meherpur Sadar and Mujibnagar police stations in connection with the clash.
Being chased by pickets around 1:00pm, a CNG-run three-wheeled vehicle skidded off the road at Chondidasgati, police said.
The Jamaat-Shibir activists later attacked the passengers and vandalised the vehicle, said OC Md Rafiqul Islam of Sirajganj Sadar Police Station.
Both the passengers were taken to SirajganjSadarHospital where Masud succumbed to his injuries around 4:30pm, the OC told our Pabna correspondent.
Masud hailed from Dewbhogh village in Raiganj upazila in the district, the official said.
A bus driver was injured when pro-hartal activists torched a bus on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway at Vogra bypass area in Sadar Upazila of the city, said Iqbal Hossain, a sergeant of Nawjor Highway Police Outpost.
A group of activists boarded on the bus pretending as passengers around 8:30am and set fire to the bus when it went forward some feet.
Injured driver, Nazrul Islam, 45, was at first admitted to a local clinic with severe burn injuries, reports our Gazipur correspondent quoting witness.
Later, he was shifted to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital around noon as his condition was deteriorated.
A trucker was injured as pro-hartal activists set fire to his vehicle on Dhaka-Bogra highway at Doshmail in Sherpur upazila around 10:00pm Wednesday.
Shamsul Haque, 50, of Gondogram in Shajahanpur upazila of the district was taken to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital with severe burn injuries.
The pickets through a bag of petrol on his running vehicle and set fire to it when he was on his way to Dhaka from Bogra, said Ashraful Islam, senior assistant superintendent of police (B Circle) in Bogra.
Locals rushed him to Shaheed Ziaur Rahman Medical College and Hospital from where he was shifted to Dhaka on the same night.
Six Jamaat-Shibir leader and activists including vice-chairman of its Sherpur upazila unit Advocate Abdul Halim were arrested in connection with the attack.
Meanwhile, pickets set fire to tyres in different parts of the town including Khandar, Sherpur and Upashahar area on the last day of the 48-hour shutdown.
At least three crude bombs were blasted at Mofiz Paglar intersection in the town around 10:00am.
Members of Rapid Action Battalion and Border Guard Bangladesh are patrolling the roads in the town to evade any unwanted situation, Islam added.
Pro-hartal activists vandalised four covered vans and blasted two crude bombs in Chouddagram upazila headquarters, said Ismail Mia, officer-in-charge of Chouddagram.
Pickets also exploded two home homemade bombs at Shasongachha and Chamcham bridge area in the city, reports our correspondent.
Two platoons of Border Guard Bangladesh were deployed in the city to avert any untoward incident, said Lt Col Mamun Al Mahmud of battalion-10 of BGB.
Pro-hartal activists blocked Rajshahi-Natore Bypass road for one hour from 6:00am.
After seeing police, they fled the scene.
Pickets also blasted several crude bombs in Bhadra area of the city around 6:00am, reports our correspondent quoting Ziaur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Boalia Police Station.
Jamaat-Shibir men vandalised a vehicle around 8:00am which was used by police for patrolling.
Pickets also hurled brick chips targeting the policemen. Police detained one picket from the spot.
In South Surma area, Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession and set fire to tyres.
Meanwhile, the law enforcers picked up seven Shibir activists raiding different messes of students in the city, reports our Sylhet correspondent.
Police arrested a local Jamaat leader who is also ward councilor of Chittagong City Corporation at Shalak Bahar in the city.
Shamsuzzaman Helali was arrested as he was leading some Jamaat men for creating anarchy during hartal hours in the city.
Earlier, several cases were lodged against the Jamaat leader, said Abdur Rab, assistant commissioner of Chittagong Metropolitan Police.
A mobile court awarded two-year imprisonment to three pickets each for torching three buses and vandalising a covered van in C & B Colony area Thursday morning, said Shakhwat Hossain, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
Police arrested them conducting a raid around 4:45am and later handed them over to the court, reports our Barisal correspondent quoting the police official.
shifted to Combined Medical Hospital (CMH), Jessore