At least 150 vehicles were torched and over 50 vandalised as Jamaat-Shibir activists went on the rampage across the country today protesting execution of Abdul Quader Mollah.
Of those, 85 vehicles were burnt in Bogra, 12 in the capital and the rest in different districts, reports our correspondents.
Jamaat-Shibir activists torched 12 vehicles, including two motorcycles of police personnel, at different parts of the capital after Juma prayers.
The activists also torched two offices of Information and Service Centre and garbage maintenance in Motijheel area.
Locals said the activists of Jamaat and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, went berserk setting fire to four private cars and five motorcycles including two of police personnel in Motijheel after the Juma prayer.
Police detained a man from the spot for investigation.
Jamaat-Shibir men also set fire to a bus and a covered van in Malibagh around 2:00pm.
The demonstrators torched a passenger bus in Kamalapur.
The Jamaat restored vandalism and anarchy across the country including the capital a day after Quader Mollah was hanged for his war crimes in 1971.
Soon after the prayers ended, around two hundred Jamaat-Shibir men brought out a procession near Motijheel AGB Colony market, locals said.
And suddenly the activists started setting fire to vehicles kept beside the road around 2:15pm, witnesses said.
Md Alamgir, the driver of a torched private car, said a group of people vandalised and torched his vehicle when he was passing the road.
Alamgir sustained minor injuries.
The agitators also damaged roadside shops on their way into hiding.
The Jamaat-Shibir men went on a rampage torching 85 vehicles and vandalising 22 more.
The activists also ransacked the office of Executive Engineer of roads and highways (Circle) in Nishindjhar area of the town around 10:00am, said Sayeed Abu Sayeem, additional superintendent of police of Bogra,.
They vandalised the office and set fire to documents and materials there, he added.
Later, the marauding Jamaat-Shibir men vandalised at least 81 vehicles at Akij Group’s zonal office in Silimpur area around 11:00am, including covered vans, tempos, private cars and motorbikes.
They also set fire to the Akij Group office, burning materials worth Tk 5 crore, claimed company authorities.
Fire at the office was doused after one hour of frantic effort, said Dewan Shohel Rana, senior station officer of fire service.
At the same time, the agitators blocked the Rangpur-Dhaka highway and Bogra-Naogaon highway by felling trees on the roads.
Rail links through Bogra were suspended as well from early today as Jamaat-Shibir men took out more than 650 pandel chips from rail tracks at Kahaloo, Panchpir and Narua Mel area of the town.
They also dug a three-foot hole under the rail tracks between Kahaloo and Panchpir stations, said Afzal Hossain, senior sub-assistant engineer (path) of railway.
The rail links were yet to be stored at 6:30pm.
A Gayeban Janaja for the executed Jamaat leader was also organised by BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance at Eidgah ground of the town around 2:00pm.