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Blockade: Ten killed on day four

Update : 03 Dec 2013, 08:34 PM

At least 10 people, including a schoolboy, were killed and more than a hundred injured in violence around the country on Tuesday on the fourth day of the opposition’s blockade.

Three deaths were reported from Chittagong and Satkhira each, two from Chandpur and one from Noakhali. Retired madrassa teacher Maulana Abdus Sattar, an arson victim, died at the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital after struggling for life for two deaths.

In Chandpur town, police opened fire on a BNP procession near the Kalibari intersection around 10:30am leaving Ratan, 25, and schoolboy Siam, 14, dead. According to witnesses, Ratan was a post graduate student of the Chandpur Government College while Siam was an eighth grader of a Shibir controlled madrassa. Siam’s father Mojibur Rahman claimed that his son had gone out to have breakfast. Local Shibir claimed that Siam was their supporter.

BNP’s volunteers’ wing Swechchasebak Dal leader Shariful Islam Rasel, who was critically-injured after police opened fire during a clash on Monday night in Sitakunda of Chittagong, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. Police said party men took away Rasel to a secret place and left his dead body in a private hospital.

In another incident, a covered van hit a banyan tree as its driver Mahbub lost control after pro-blockade activists hurled several petrol bombs at it at the Cement Crossing of the EPZ area in Chittagong around 1:40am. Mahbub died on the spot while helpers Mijan and Suman Das received burn injuries. Mijan succumbed to his injuries at the Chittagong Medical College Hospital around 5:30pm.

Seven-year old schoolboy Minhaj Hossain Belal’s left eye was badly injured when a crude bomb exploded near him while he was going to school at Saraipara Biswa Road. He was undergoing treatment at the CMCH.

In Satkhira, Shibir activist Hossain Ali, 17, was killed as police and Border Guard Bangladesh members, after being attacked, opened fire in Debhata upazila around 7am.

Azizur Rahman, publicity secretary of district unit Jamaat claimed that another Shibir activist named Arizul Islam, 20, was also killed during the clash, although, Joydeb Chowdhury, additional police superintendent of Satkhira, who confirmed the death of Ali, could not confirm the latter claim.

Blockaders hacked to death an activist of Jubo League, youth front of Awami League, at Mahmudpur of Satkhira sadar around 4pm. Gias Uddin, 38, who was riding a motorbike to Satkhira from Bhomra land port, was stopped and dragged down by the blockaders and indiscriminately hacked to death.

In Noakhli district town, blockader Abdus Salam, 65, drowned in a pond after being chased by police in the Maizdicourt area.

In Sirajganj, at least 15 people were injured after BNP men allegedly pounced on a rally of Tanvir Imam, Awami League candidate from Sirajganj 4 constituency, at Ullapara upazila.

In Hajiganj upazila, BNP men torched the residence of Khorshedul Islam Khusu, Jatiya Party candidate from Chandpur 5 constituency, at Naohata village.

In Dinajpur three policemen were injured, one critically, as BNP-Jamaat activists attacked law enforcers.

Rail communications of Chittagong with the rest of the country remained halted for three hours as blockaders uprooted a 30-foot stretch of railway track at Baratakia in Mirsharai upazila.

Rail communication of Dinajpur with Panchagarh, Thakurgaon and Parbatipur remained suspended since 1pm Monday as blockaders removed fishplates at different points.

In the capital four people, including three and a half year old Lima, sustained injuries in cocktail blasts at Kafrul and Jatrabari.  

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