Published: Sunday, December 15, 2013

2 bullet-hit Shibir men detained in Narayanganj

Pickets torch a pick-up van on the Chandpur-Comilla regional highway in Chandpur during Jamaat-e-Islami-enforced countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal. Photo: STAR

Pickets torch a pick-up van on the Chandpur-Comilla regional highway in Chandpur during Jamaat-e-Islami-enforced countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal. Photo: STAR

Police detained two bullet-hit activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami after a clash with the activists in Narayanganj during the Jamaat-enforced countrywide daylong hartal (shutdown) today.

The activists also clashed with the law enforcers and restored to vandalism in different districts during the hartal enforced by Jamaat protesting execution of its leader Abdul Quader Mollah.

Incidents of violence like clash, blasts and arson attacks were reported from Rajshahi, Pirojpur, Sirajganj, Pabna, Meherpur and Chandpur.

The activists of Jamaat and Shibir locked into clashes with police personnel at different points in Rajshahi city.

Meanwhile, miscreants set the house of a local Awami League leader on fire in Pirojpur and torched and vandalised at least 10 vehicles in Sirajganj, Pabna and Chandpur.

Miscreants also removed steel plates of two bailey bridges in Sirajganj Sadar upazila.

NARAYANGANJ

Police opened fire to disperse the Shibir men, who exploded four to five crude bombs and tried to vandalised vehicles at Ukilpara in the town around 7:30am.

Later, police detained two Shibir men with bullet wounds from the spot, said Manjur Quader, officer-in-charge of Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station.

RAJSHAHI

The clash erupted between Jamaat-Shibir men and police at 7:30am when several hundreds of activists divided into groups attacked the law enforcers at five points at a time, said Proloy Chichim, deputy Commissioner of Rajshahi Metropolitan Police.

Police fired over 200 bullets and teargas shells to disperse the attackers at Mita Studio, Binodpur, Binodpur Bazar, Global and Talaimari, the DC said.

The marauding Shibir men blasted two petrol bombs and a cocktail targeting the Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) during the clash at Binodpur, the police official said.

The activists hurled at least 30 cocktails and petrol bombs at the five points mentioned above, he added.

Local leaders of Jamaat and Shibir claimed that at least 10 activists were hit by bullets fired by the law enforcers.

Earlier in the day, the Shibir men barricaded the Rajshahi-Dhaka highway by felling logs at Mirjapur and Binodpur points and clashed with cops at Charkotha intersection and Sipaipara areas.

PIROJPUR

Locals said they found the two-storey wooden house of Bidhan Chandro Mistry, AL president of Sikder Mollik union, burning at Dakkhin Gubtawla village in Sadar upazila around 12:30am.

Informed, Bidhan, who lives in Nazirpur upazila, notified both Pirojpur and Nazirpur fire fighters.

But none of them could reach the spot as Jamaat-BNP men disconnected the village digging out roads near Mrighar bailey bridge and Adhajhuri bailey bridge on Pirojpur-Nazirpur road, said Mollah Sekender Ali, station officer of Pirojpur fire station.

SIRAJGANJ

Pickets removed steel plates of two bailey bridges at Konagati and Bawoitara in Sadar upazila in the early hours of hartal, said Habibul Islam, officer-in-charge (OC) of Sadar Police Station.

They also vandalised a private car at Konagati, when it got stuck near the Konagati bailey bridge following the removal of a plate.

A goods-laden truck also overturned on the road when its driver was trying to cross the bailey bridge at Bawoitara.

Besides, the Jamaat-Shibir men vandalised five vehicles including trucks in the areas.

CHANDPUR

Pickets torched three vehicles including a passenger bus at Khejuria on Chandpur-Comilla regional highway around 5:00am.

The unruly activists looted the passengers before torching the bus, said bus driver Chan Miah.

Later, they set fire to a CNG-run three-wheeler and a pick-up van.

PABNA

The pro-hartal activists set fire to a Pabna-bound bus at Sanjaypur in Atgharia upazila around 4:30am, said Monirul Islam, the OC of Atgharia Police Station.

MEHERPUR

At least six crude bombs were blasted at Rajnagar and Kayemkata intersection in Meherpur Sadar upazila around 7:00am

Police detained Ruhul Alam, acting superintendent of Meherpur Dakhil Madrasa, in connection with the blast at Kayemkata.