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Dhaka Tribune

Jamaat hartal underway peacefully

Update : 06 Nov 2014, 04:56 AM

The countrywide 48-hour hartal enforced by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami is underway peacefully for the second day.

The hartal began around 6am on Wednesday and will end at 6am on Friday.

Jamaat called the hartal protesting the death sentence awarded to its top two leaders for war crimes.

Members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) have been deployed in the capital as well as different parts of the country since Tuesday evening.

They were seen patrolling in different strategic points of the capital along with the members of other law enforcement agencies.

On the first day of the hartal, several crude bombs were detonated in capital's Bakshibazar area in the morning. No one was reported injured.

Pro-hartal activists set fire to a passenger bus in front of Tejgaon Girls' College around 8:27pm and brought out brisk processions in different areas in support of the hartal.

On Sunday, the Islamic party announced a 24-hour strike for Thursday protesting the death sentence to its top leader Mir Quasem Ali for war crimes.

On Monday, it called another 24-hour hartal for Wednesday protesting the verdict of the Supreme Court that upheld the death penalty to Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general M Kamaruzzaman.

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