Pro-hartal activists torched and vandalised several vehicles in the capital during the first day of the countrywide two-day hartal (shutdown) on Wednesday.
Separate mobile courts in the afternoon sent seven youths to jail for vandalism of vehicles and attempting of torching vehicles at the capital’s Mohammadpur, Meer Hajirbagh of Jatrabari and Notunbazar of Gulshan areas.
The BNP-led 18-Party alliance called the hartal protesting the killings during and after Hefajat-e Islam’s Dhaka siege programme on Sunday.
However, there will be a 12-hour break in the hartal from 6:00pm Wednesday to 6:00am on Thursday with the shutdown ending in the evening.
Six of the pickets were awarded jails for one year each and another for eight months, said Masudur Rahman, Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP).
The DC said all the verdicts came after the arrests by the law enforcers.
Magistrate Khandakar Shamima Rahman awarded Iqbal Hossain, 21, Md Sajib, 19, Sabuj Miah, 18, and Md Nayan, 23, of Mohammadpur to jails for one year each at Mohammadpur around 5:00am.
Another magistrate Morarji Deshai Burman awarded Md Nur-e-Alam, 25, and Shwakat Ali, 21, of Jatrabari for the same period at Jatrabari at 2:30pm.
Besides, Magistrate Sarah Sadia awarded Md Mostofa, 26, to jail for eight months at Gulshan at 3:15pm.
The incidents of arson and vandalism were reported from Mirpur and Agargaon area in the city while four cocktails were blasted in Tejgaon, Bangla daily Prothom Alo.
A number of motorised vehicles were seen plying Dhaka streets during the hartal.
A huge contingent of law enforcers have been deployed at all the key points of the capital to maintain law and order during hartal hours.
Pickets torched a human haular in front of Staff Quarter opposite to the BCIC College. But local people doused the fire before it spread.
The pro-hartal activists vandalised a bus at Agargaon in the morning.
Four cocktails were blasted in Tejgaon Industrial area in front of BG Press half an hour before the hartal began.
Only few leaders were seen at the BNP’s central office at Nayapaltan in the morning. Additional police has been deployed before the party office.