BNP strike in Munshiganj over death observed

The BNP is observing a dawn to dusk general strike in Munshiganj on Sunday, though businesses and offices are operating as usual. No clashes have been reported in the district in the morning.

Bus communication between Dhaka and Munshiganj remained halted. No traffic except rickshaws were seen on the roads.

Launch operations however remained normal.

The district BNP called the strike on Friday one day after the recovery of a body from Buriganga River which the party claimed was of a Juba Dal leader.

Local BNP leaders and activists took out a procession on Sunday at 9am, led by district BNP president Abdul Hai.

Picketing in favour of the strike was not seen inside the town but pickets took positions in Muktarpur, outside the town, and stopped bus services on the Munshiganj-Dhaka highway.

Munshiganj superintendent of the police M Shafiqul Islam said that traffic movement is stable on all the roads, including Dhaka-Chittagong and Dhaka-Maoa highways.

Additional police have been deployed on the important places of the district town.

Akbar Hossain, organising secretary of municipality Juba Dal, drowned in the river Buringanga at Sadarghat on May 19 allegedly on his way to BNP’s grand rally in Dhaka. His body was recovered the following day.

Abdul Hai told on Friday that Akabar drowned following an attack by the ruling Awami League activists.

The BNP has called the strike demanding the arrest of the criminals, he said.

Munshiganj AL publicity secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed denied the allegation.

He also claimed that Akbar was had not been going to the rally.


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