The daylong countrywide hartal, called by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, protesting the punishment of its three leaders by the International Crimes Tribunal 2 (ICT 2) for contempt of court, was observed peacefully without major incidents across the country today (Monday), reports UNB.
Jamaat acting ameer Makbul Ahmed announced the shutdown programme through a press release on Sunday.
However, Rajshahi, Khulna, Sylhet and Barisal cities have been kept out of the purview of the shutdown due to the city corporation elections slated for June 15.
At least six crude bombs were exploded by activists of Jamaat-Shibir in Jatrabari, Rayerbagh and Azimpur of the capital in the morning.
Hartal supporters brought out processions in different areas of the city, including Bakshibazar, Azimpur and Jatrabari, but law enforces dispersed them in all places.
Police detained five people from Imamganj in Old Dhaka city at about 6:45am when Shibir activists were preparing to bring out a procession in the area.
Vehicular movement was heavier than in other hartal days in the city.
A significant number of law enforcement officers, including members of Rab, have been deployed in the city to fend off any untoward incidents and ensure security during the hartal hours.
Apart from the ones in uniforms, plainclothes police were also on alert.
In Laxmipur, hartal supporters vandalised a bus at Uttar Temohini in the district town in the morning.
At that same time, police detained a Shibir man named Raju on charge of vandalising the bus.
Shibir activists blasted several crude bombs when they brought out a procession at Miah More in the town.
Pickets blocked the Natore-Dhaka Highway by torching tyres.
On Sunday, the ICT 2 punished the three Jamaat leaders — Hamidur Rahman Azad, MP, acting secretary general of the party Rafiqul Islam Khan and assistant secretary general of Dhaka city unit Selim Uddin — for contempt of court.
Of them, Rafiqul Islam and Azad, now on the run, were sentenced to three months’ imprisonment in absentia and fined Tk3,000 each, in default, to suffer two months more in jail.
On the other hand, the court fined Selim Tk1,000 and asked him not to leave the court until its proceeding ends for the day.
Earlier, Selim sought unconditional apology for his comments.
Hours after the tribunal meted out the punishment, the Islamist party announced the shutdown programme.