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Dhaka Tribune

10 vehicles torched ahead of hartal

Update : 22 Apr 2013, 11:00 AM

Ten vehicles, including one owned by the education ministry, were set on fire in different areas of the capital today apparently to build pro-hartal momentum ahead of the 36-hour nationwide shutdown starting tomorrow.

No one was reported injured and vehicular movements on the roads started getting thin in the afternoon.

Police detained a youth from Bijoy Sarani in connection with burning a vehicle.

Nilufar Yeasmin, the duty officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, told the Dhaka Tribune that the vehicles were burnt at Mohammadpur, Dhanmondi, Banani, Gulisthan, Karwan Bazar, and on Airport Road.

A microbus of the education ministry was set on fire near Russell Square around 2:30pm. Witnesses told police that a group of youths set it on fire pouring petrol and fled.

At Mohammadpur, three or four youths boarded a moving bus of Midway Paribahan at Asad Gate and set it on fire in the afternoon. They fled as local people chased. Staff members of the bus doused the fire.

Another bus was set to fire in Kaola area on Airport Road within half an hour.

Earlier in the morning, a few people set to fire a parked private car around 11:30am at Dhanmondi 2.

Dhaka north city unit of Chhatra Dal brought out a procession from Kemal Ataturk Avenue’s post office lane around 1pm and paraded to Banani Super Market. They set ablaze a private car and exploded four crude bombs.

Some miscreants set to fire another bus in front of the Jatiya Press Club around 3:30pm. A team of fire fighters doused the flame.

Miscreants also set fire to a moving bus of Paragati Life Insurance carrying staff of the company around 2:30pm at Karwan Bazar. No one was injured in the incident.

Pro-hartal activists lit a private car at Sukrabad in front of Daffodil University and a human hauler at Dhanmondi 27 in the afternoon, the duty officer of the fire service control office said. Around 5pm miscreants set fire to a bus of Utsab Paribahan’s Dhaka-Narayanganj route in front of the Gulisthan Mahanagar Natya Mancha.

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