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Bangladesh Gripped by Opposition Strike




About 50 people, including opposition Chief Whip Jainul Abdin Farroque (Watch Video) were injured during clashes between pickets and police and police also arrested at least 500 opposition activists across the country in the first 12-hour of 48-hour marathon hartal in the capital. Among the arrestees, 62 was arrested in Dhaka, nine in Chittagong, 13 in Rajshahi, 33 in Khulna, 11 in Sylhet and 21 in Barisal. During the general strike the controversial mobile courts were also active which convicted atleast 17 people in different terms.
Witnesses said BNP tried to bring out a procession at Manik Mia Avenue in front of the parliament building at about 7:00 am. Police tried to foil the procession and charged batons to disperse the procession. Opposition Chief Whip Joynul Abdin Farroque suffered head injuries in police baton charge. Chased by police, the BNP leaders and activists tried to take shelter inside the NAM flats. But police ran after them and beat them up there.
Meanwhile, police picked up six leaders of Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal at Wireless Gate in Mohakhali around 11:20am. Ashraful Azim, an officer of Dhaka Metropolitan Police, confirmed that police picked up Noor-e-Ara Safa along with her party activists there.
Near the Suvastu Nazar Valley of Shahjatpur under Gulshan police station, police clashed with pickets at about 6-30am leaving eight people injured including Badda thana SI Abdul Khalek. Three cocktails were also exploded during the clash. Police arrested one person from the spot.
Police cordoned off the BNP’s central office at Noapaltan since morning. No body was allowed to enter inside the office accept senior party leaders since the morning.
On the other hand over 100 Jamaat activists brought out a procession in Mirpur at 6:00am. Mirpur and Kafrul police jointly charged batons and dispersed them and picked up at least eight Jamaat men from the spot.
Clashes took place in other parts og the country as demonstrators took part in an anti-government strike.  In Chittagong, police barred a BNP rally in Kazir Dewri area at around 10:00pm. They picked up five activists from the spot. Three more BNP activists were picked up from Nimtola area when they were preparing to hold a rally in support of the hartal. Beside Chittagong, clashes took place in other part of the country including Naryanganj, Noakhali, Bogra, Chandpur, Narsingdi, Razshahi, Khulna which lead more than 100 injuries.

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Zainul Abdin Farroque Injured In HArtal

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