Dhaka hunkers down in anticipation due to Khaleda Zia case verdict
12:06 PM, February 08, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:37 PM, February 08, 2018

Dhaka hunkers down in anticipation

Dhaka has hunkered down in anticipation of violence as a lower court is expected to deliver a  verdict in the Zia Orphanage Graft case.

Roads are empty from the morning as few people have brought out cars. Many educational institutions cancelled classes and some shopkeepers kept their shutters down.

Office goers were in trouble finding transports. However, empty roads saved their time. A trip from Uttara to Karwan Bazaar took 20 minutes, which usually takes more than one and a half hours, a regular commuter on the route told The Daily Star.

Even services of ride-hailing apps like Pathao and Bahon were announced unavailable for today.

A tough security blanket has been spread across the city and the country as well with BGB patrolling city roads and highways.

The usual congested street in front of Gabtoli Bus Terminal was almost empty in the anticipation of violence as a lower court is expected to deliver a verdict in the Zia Orphanage Graft case on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Photo: Star/ Palash Khan

“Motijheel felt like it was hartal today”, one of our correspondents reported. The downtown Dhaka is usually always clogged with traffic on an office day.

Similarly Nilkhet, Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue and New Market area were mostly free of private transportations.

Passengers are seen waiting for buses for hours At Gabtoli bus terminal on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Photo: Star/ Palash Kahn

Only a few public buses and CNG auto rickshaws were seen in Dhaka University area, our campus correspondent reports.

BCL activists crowd at the side of roads in Dhaka University area on Thursday, February 8, 2018. Photo: Aashiq Abdullah Apu
​However, many BCL activists have been seen by the roadsides in the DU area, the correspondent adds.

Many processions by several factions of the ruling Awami League have also been seen in Gabtoli, Mirpur and Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue, although DMP previously banned public gatherings.

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