Bangladesh: Strikers torch a bus full of passengers in Dhaka
Strikers have allegedly torched a bus full of passengers in Dhaka on the third day of the Opposition-sponsored strike. The BNP-led 18-party alliance is trying to enforce an 84-hour shutdown, demanding polls under a non-party caretaker government.
At least seven passengers were burnt when this happened around 2:15pm on Tuesday.
Police said shutdown campaigners set fire to the bus of 'Komol Paribahan' on its way to Narayanganj from Gulistan at Matuail.
"We suspect either petrol or gunpowder was used for setting the bus on fire,
Firemen rushed to the spot and controlled the fire.
The injured have been admitted to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
Of them, doctors said Tarek Ahmed, 20, a Dhaka Polytechnic Institute student, Rabeya Akhter, 24, an Eden College student, and Md Shuvo, 30, an engineer by profession, had suffered serious burns.
The rest Abdur Rahim, 30, Abdul Mannan, 33, Abu Bakar Siddiqui, 30, and Abul Kalam, 40, suffered minor injuries.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance is trying to enforce an 84-hour shutdown, demanding polls under a non-party caretaker government.