Hefazat-e-Islami’s Dhaka siege programme took its toll on Higher Secondary Certificate and other examinees yesterday.
Many of students failed to reach their examination centres in time due to shortage of transport on the streets. The examinations started at 10am.
According to education board routine, examinations for Agriculture Studies (second paper) under General Education Board, Chemistry (second paper), Economics (second paper), Civics (second paper), English (second paper), Urdu (second paper), Farsi (second paper) under Madrasha Board and Agriculture Studies-1, Statistics-1 and Higher Engineering Drawing & Survey Science under Vocational Board were held yesterday.
As part of their Dhaka siege programme, Hefazat-e-Islam activists gathered at the crack of dawn at six entry points of the city to press home their 13-point demand.
The blockade of roads was scheduled to begin from 6am, but began earlier as Hefazat activists took up their positions from Abdullahpur to Tongi Bridge, Gabtali to Amin Bazar, Jatrabari to Kanchpur Bridge, Postagola to Buriganga Bridge and at Babubazar Bridge point soon after performing Fajr prayer.
Dhaka-Aricha highway was virtually deserted with very few vehicles on the road. Vehicles also stayed off Dhaka-Mymensing, Dhaka-Shirajganj, Dhaka-Narayanganj link road, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chittagong routes. Long distance buses did not leave Dhaka’s Gabtoli, Mohakhali and Sayedabad bus stations for fear of being attacked.
Hefazat announced the programme at its April 6 rally, following a long march to Dhaka.