Few CNG-run auto rickshaws and vans are seen on the Sylhet city road Thursday morning during a dawn-to-dusk hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami. The party called the hartal protesting its Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami's death sentence in 10-truck arms haul case. Photo: TV grab
Dhaka city dwellers came out in streets and performed their daily works as usual though a dawn-to-dusk countrywide hartal (shutdown) is going on today.
No unexpected incident was reported from any part of the capital till filing this report around 10:00am.
Jamaat-e-Islami, the key ally of BNP-led 19-party alliance, called the shutdown protesting the death penalty of party chief Motiur Rahman Nizami in the 10-truck arms haul case.
The shutdown which started at 6:00am will continue till 6:00pm.
Vehicular movement remains normal like other days.
But owners of private cars preferred to keep their vehicles in garages, fearing vandalism.
Rickshaws are seen plying on the city streets like other hartal days.
Additional law enforcers were deployed at all the key points of the city to avoid any untoward incidents.
A Chittagong court on January 30 handed down the capital punishment on 14 people, including ex-ministers Lutfozzaman Babar and Nizami and former top intelligence officials, for smuggling 10 truckloads of arms into the port city in 2004 in the last BNP-led government's tenure.