Fire and protests continue to demand National Party leader is found
The countrywide day long shutdown, for third straight day, demand that the government find missing BNP leader M Ilias Ali and his driver. This has not stopped activists conduct vandalism, arson and Molotov cocktail blasts in the capital.
The incidents of violence were reported from Rajarbagh, Agargaon, Mohakhali, Gulshan, Malibagh, Bangla Motor intersection, Karwan Bazar, Dhanmondi, Jatrabari areas of the city.
Three cocktails went off at Rajarbagh leaving two police personnel injured. Another cocktail was also exploded near Gulshan crossing.
The pro-hartal pickets also vandalised a vehicle of private television channel Independent on Gulshan Link Road in the morning.
Meanwhile, pro-hartal pickets torched a passenger bus at Karwan Bazar and another stationary minibus near Mahila Polytechnic Institute of Agargaon.
Police also dispersed several pro-hartal rallies in different points of the city including Dhanmondi, Motijheel, Fakirerpool and Kalabagan. A picket was detained during a chase and counter-chase between pro-hartal activists and law enforcers in Dhanmondi.
Huge contingents of law enforcers are seen patrolling the streets at all key points of the city to maintain law and order during the hartal hours.
The number of passenger buses, CNG-run three-wheeler seen plying in the city streets are more than the last two hartal days.
Rickshaws like other hartal days are found dominating the main thoroughfares of the city.
Meanwhile, the government postponed today's several examinations including Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations due to the hartal.
Kader Siddiqui, president of Krishok Sramik Janata League, lay down for nearly 45-minute on the street in front of BNP's central office as police detained ten of his party men as they came out of BNP's Nayapaltan office
The incident took place when police picked up ten of his party activists immediately after they came out of BNP's Nayapaltan office.
M Ilias Ali, a former lawmaker and now Sylhet Division organising secretary of the party, and his driver went missing around midnight of April 17.
On Wednesday, police found Ilias's private car abandoned near his Banani residence in the capital and that day BNP called a dawn-to-dusk hartal for Sunday.
After wrapping up Sunday's hartal, the BNP and its allies extended the shutdown for Monday.
In the same way, on Monday the hartal was extended for Tuesday.