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Clashes, blasts, vandalism rampant across districts

Update : 01 Dec 2013, 08:29 PM

The second day of the 72-hour ongoing countrywide blockade enforced by the 18-party alliance passed off amid sporadic clashes, chases and counter-chases between police and blockaders, arson attack, blasts and arrests in different districts across the country.

At least 10 persons including two policemen were injured in chase and counter-chase between police and pro-blockade activists in Bhaluka bridge area on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway, reports our correspondent.

A group of BNP activists vandalised three CNG-run auto-rickshaws on the highway.

On information, police rushed to the spot to tame the situation. A case and counter-chase took place between the lawmen and the protesters.

The lawmen fired seven rounds of rubber bullets and three teargas shells to disperse the troublemakers. 

10 persons were reported to be injured and five BNP men sustained bullet injuries during the incident.

Police also arrested two BNP activists from the spot.

Our Gaibandha correspondent adds: at least 23 individuals including three police members were injured in a clash between police and activists of the BNP-led 18-party alliance in the district town Sunday over bringing out a procession demanding cancellation of the election schedule and immediate release of their detained leaders.

The injured lawmen were Badsha Mia, Maznu Mia and Manzurul Islam.

Police arrested one BNP activist, Ripon, from the spot.

The angry activists went on the rampage and also exploded four crude bombs to create panic among people.

Police fired at least 20 rounds of rubber bullets and threw five teargas shells in a bid to disperse the troublemakers.

The 18-party alliance enforced hartal in the district on Sunday and extended it till Monday in protest against what they said “police oppression”. 

In Lalmonirhat, the railway tracks near Lalmonirhat and Mohendranagar were uprooted by the blockaders on Sunday morning.

The rail communications were disrupted between the district and three other routes including Parbatipur, Bogra, Kurigram and Dhaka, said our correspondent.

Train movement was halted for three hours from 6am to 9am. Additional BGB members and police had been deployed in the senstitive areas of Lalmonirhat and Mohendranagar to keep guard over the railway tracks.

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