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Friday, February 27, 2015, Falgun 15, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 7, 1436 Hijr

BNP hartal falls flat
Staff Correspondent
Published : Friday, 27 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 18
People have ignored hartal and blockade, enforced by the BNP-led alliance. City dwellers came out to the streets, went to their offices and performed their daily activities even though BNP-led 20-party alliance observed the fifth day of its 120-hour hartal on Thursday.
A large number of businesses, offices and roadside shops were seen open while a huge number of motorised vehicles plied the Dhaka streets.
Most areas had seen traffic congestion with a large number of private cars hitting the roads.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) detained 13 activists of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami from different places of the city on Thursday. Of the detainees, ten are BNP activists and three are Jamaat men.
The Detective Branch (DB) of police arrested two central leaders of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) in possession of 20 Molotov cocktails in the city's Gabtali area on Wednesday night.
The arrestees were identified as Jakir Hossain, assistant organising secretary of the central unit of JCD and also President of Jahangirnagar University unit JCD, and Mrinal Kanti Das, assistant general secretary of the central unit of JCD.
Joint Commissioner of DB Manirul Islam said on secret information, a team of DB police conducted a drive in the area and arrested the duo from the counter of 'Rojina' bus service at about 8.00pm.
They also recovered 20 Molotov cocktails from their possession.
Manirul Islam said at a press briefing that the arrestees confessed to have kept the bombs for carrying out sabotage in the area.
The duo also admitted that they had padlocked different department doors at the Dhaka University a few days back during a strike enforced by JCD.
Meanwhile, stray incidents of violence were reported from different parts of the country on Thursday. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the country.
Our Feni Correspondent added that Miscreants set fire to a land office in Chhagalnaiya upazila of Feni early Thursday.
Police detained Rabiul Haque Chowdhury, chairman of Radhanagar union parishad and BNP general secretary of the union unit, suspecting his involvement with the arson attack, said Md Rashed Khan Chowdhury, officer-in-charge of Chhagalnaiya Police Station.
The incident happened at 3:30am when miscreants set fire to the tin-shed building at the union, burning down the entire office along with various important land related papers. The detained UP Chairman has been taken to the police station for further investigation, the OC said.
Our Bogra Correspondent added that a truck-driver was hurt as a group of miscreants hurled petrol bomb on his truck on Dupchanchia-Akkelpur road in Bogra on Wednesday midnight. The victim was identified as Jamal Hossain Sagar.
After visiting the place on Thursday, Dupchanchia Thana Sub-Inspector (SI) Abdus Sabur said that the strawberry-laden truck started from Joypur to go to Karwanbazar in Dhaka. A group of miscreants stopped the vehicle and hurled the petrol bomb. The victim was admitted to Dupchanchia Upazila Health Complex, he added.
Our Chapainawabganj, correspondent added that police arrested a local leader of Islami Chhatra Shibir from Nachole Bazar in Nachole upazila on Thursday morning in two cases over vandalism. The arrestee was identified as Manirul Islam, president of the upazila unit of the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Officer-in-charge of Nachole Police Station Safir Uddin said on a tip-off, a team of police conducted a drive in the area and arrested Manirul at about 10:30 am. Manirul was accused in two cases for vandalising vehicles, the OC added.
BNP-led 20-party alliance extended its 72-hour hartal by 48 hours till 6:00am Friday demanding fresh national polls under a non-party administration and protesting the killing of opposition leaders and activists in the name of crossfire and for the filing of false cases against alliance leaders.

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