Opposition calls hartal for Sunday in 4 dists
BNP and the opposition combine today separately called daylong hartal (shutdown) for Sunday in Dinajpur, Cox's Bazar and Chittagong districts while a 36-hour hartal in Bogra from the same day.
The main opposition party called daylong hartal in Dinajpur and Chittagong, while 18-party combine called a dawn-to-dusk shutdown in Cox's Bazar and a 36-hour hartal in Bogra, report our correspondents in respective districts.
BNP called hartal in Dinajpur protesting the police attack on their leaders and activists.
Mukur Chowdhury, general secretary of the district unit BNP, announced the hartal at a press conference at Dinajpur Press Club this morning.
Addressing the press conference he claimed that at least 50 of their leaders and activists were injured in a joint attack by police and Awami League men in the town yesterday.
BNP called the dawn-to-dusk hartal in Chittagong for Sunday protesting the arrest and harassment of its leaders and activists during its 71-hour countrywide blockade.
BNP central committee member Abdullah Al Noman announced the shutdown in the port city's Jamiyatul Falah Jam'e Masjid premises after the gayebana janaza of people who were killed during the blockade, reports our Chittagong correspondent.
Earlier, BNP Central Organising Secretary Golam Akbar Khandakar, BNP Chairperson's adviser Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin and many other leaders and activists were arrested in connection of different cases.
"Protesting the detentions, harassment and demanding immediate release of the party men, BNP will observe the hartal on Sunday," Noman said.
18-party alliance called the 36-hour hartal demanding inclusion of names of BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and other national leaders in the voter list and withdrawal of cases against 18-party men.
Addressing a press conference, president of the district unit BNP Saiful Islam, also convener of 18-party alliance's Bogra unit, said the hartal will remain enforced from 6:00am Sunday to 6:00pm, Monday.
The opposition combine has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal in Cox’s Bazar for Sunday protesting the death of local leader of Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, youth wing of BNP, allegedly in police custody.
Abdul Halim, 35, organising secretary of Chakaria upazila unit of Jubo Dal, died at Dulahajara Malanga Christian Memorial Hospital around 10:30pm yesterday, reports our Cox’s Bazar correspondent.
Police arrested and Halim on Tuesday, the first day of opposition’s countrywide blockade, and beat him severely, Advocate Shamim Ara Swapna, secretary general of the district unit BNP, said adding that Halim died because of "police torture".
Contacted, Ranjit Kumar Barua, officer-in-charge of Chakaria Police Station, denied the allegation saying that Halim broke his knee during picketing.
Law enforcers arrested injured Halim and sent him to the court, he added.
He took admission in the hospital by himself after the court granted him bail, the police official claimed.