BNP leader Khokon detained, Mayor Minu hurt during Dhaka strike
Bangladesh National Party central leader Khairul Kabir Khokon was detained and former Rajshahi city corporation mayor Mizanur Rahman Minu sustained minor injuries in the capital during a BNP-sponsored nationwide hartal.
Police picked up Khokon, also Narsingdi district president of the main opposition party, and two other opposition activists in front of their Naya Paltan central office.
Meanwhile, Minu, a joint secretary general of BNP, was injured slightly as he locked in a scuffle with the law enforcers while they were getting Khokon into a police van.
The incidents of cocktail blasts, vandalism and more pick up were also reported in different part of the city as the BNP enforced countrywide daylong hartal demanding unconditional release of its leaders and withdrawal of the cases against them is going on.
Huge contingents of law enforcers have been deployed at all central points of the city to avert any untoward incident.
The key city streets, which usually remain bustling, wore an empty look since morning as most of the passenger buses and private cars stay off the roads fearing vandalism.
The number of CNG-run three wheelers is more than other hartal days.
Rickshaws were found dominating the major thoroughfares of the city like other hartal days.
No long-route buses left the city terminal since the morning. The train and launch services however remain normal.
All educational institutions, business establishments, most shops and shopping malls besides the major thoroughfares remained closed. The government offices however remain open.