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Clashes mark hartal in city: 40 held, 60 injured
2/16/2006
 

          Clashes between the police and the opposition activists marked the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal in which 60 opposition activists were injured in different places Wednesday, report agencies.
About 40 pro-hartal activists, including women, were arrested from different places of the country.
The police, however, said they have picked up around 35 opposition activists, including women.
The hartal was called in protest against the price hike of essentials, including fuel and fertiliser, besides demanding reforms in the caretaker government and electoral systems.
Barisal, Satkhira and Rajbari districts were exempt from the purview of hartal due to Barisal Bar election and urs in two other districts.
In several cases, the law enforcers used batons on the opposition activists, who retaliated with stones.
The opposition workers chanted anti-government slogans like down with the government, no election without reforms.
The hartal is also aimed at forcing the resignation of the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and two newly-appointed controversial election commissioners appointed recently.
Law enforcers were deployed at various strategic points of the city, including Bangabandhu Avenue, Russell Square, Paltan Crossing, Mirpur, Mohakhali, Mohammadpur and in some parts of old Dhaka.
The 14-party activists marched down the streets in the morning in support of hartal while pickets gathered at different points of the capital, including Mirpur, Paltan crossing, Bijoynagar, Motijheel, Stadium area, Mohakhali and Jatrabari, to enforce the shutdown.

 

FEMALE FURY: A rickshaw-puller utilising his all power to save his three-wheeler from being grounded as he came under a sudden attack of the women pickets during the hartal hours Wednesday. FE Photo
 
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