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Arson and blasts begin 60-hour hartal in capital

Update : 04 Nov 2013, 03:15 AM

Arson attacks, explosions and flash processions marked the beginning of the BNP-led opposition's 60-hour hartal on Monday.

Seven people were caught red handed with handmade bombs in the capital.

Three vehicles were set on fire in Kafrul, Tongi and Gafargaon areas,

According to Fire Service and Civil Defence Mobilising Officer Mohammad Ali a private car was torched in Kafrul at 5:39am. A bus in Tongi and another in Gafargaon were also set on fire at around 8:30am.

Police sources told of processions and blasts in Rampura, Bashundhara, Azimpur, Adabar, Jatrabari, Rayerbagh and Shyampur areas.

Three pickets in Rampura and four from Shyampur were detained for possession of handmade bombs.

This is the second 60-hour shutdown in two consecutive weeks.

Junior School Certificate and Junior Dakhil Certificate terminal examination schedules were revised because of the hartal it was announced on Saturday.

The 60-hour hartal last week claimed the lives of at least 15 people and injured scores of others in shutdown related violence.

The disparity between ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP over how the upcoming national elections should take place remained after the phone conversation between the chiefs of both parties. Both parties remained rooted in their respective positions: Awami Leauge for an all-party cabinet and the BNP for a caretaker government.

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