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Saturday December 16, 2017 01:46 AM

Jamaat’s online hartal

Jamaat’s online hartal
A few vehicles were seen plying on the road in Dhaka's Paribagh area during the hartal on October 12, 2017 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The party observed the hartal protesting the arrest and remand of its top leaders, including the ameer, nayeb-e-ameer and secretary general

Although Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk general strike on Thursday, little has been heard throughout the day by way of the usual hartal events.

The strike was called to protest the arrests and remands of the Jamaat chief, the secretary general and seven other leaders.

Although Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir e-mailed several photos of protests and processions to the media, and uploaded several photos in the social media including Facebook and Instragram, journalists and photojournalists did not report seeing any protests.

No Jamaat leader could be reached for comments on how the party had observed the day.

Most cities across the country it was like any other day. In Dhaka, government and private offices and commercial establishments were open and traffic clogged many major roads as usual.

In a press statement, party acting chief (ameer) Mujibur Rahman acting chief of Jamaat-e-Islami thanked the nation and party activists for observing a peaceful hartal.

Law enforcement personnel however, maintained a presence on the streets across the country, including Dhaka.

In contrast to Jamaat’s absence, many loud processions of the ruling Awami League were noticeable across the country.

Police and Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) set up check-posts around the capital from Wednesday evening and checked vehicles.

In Chittagong, police arrested three activists of Jamaat and Shibir.

They were arrested from Kalamia Bazar area of the port city. The arrestees were identified as Abul Mansur, amir of Bakalia unit of Jamaat, Omar Faruque, 37, activist of Jamaat and his brother Shibir activist Md Jahid, 24.

The hartal began at 6am on Thursday. Jamaat declared it in a statement on Tuesday.


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On Monday evening, detectives arrested nine of its members, including Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, Nayeb-e-ameer Mia Ghulam Parwar, Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman and Chittagong Metropolitan Ameer Mawlana Shahjahan, from a house in Dhaka’s Uttara.

A Dhaka court Tuesday afternoon put the nine to remand for a total of 10 days, for two cases previously filed under the Special Act and Explosives Act.

Jamaat on Tuesday held nationwide demonstrations, protesting the arrest of its top echelon. In a demonstration in Dhaka, the party leaders threatened to stage fierce protests if its ameer, secretary general and others were not released immediately.

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