Traffic in Dhaka appeared heavier on Thursday compared to the other days of the Opposition's recent blockades.
were not seen to be quite as active as before on the second day of the non-stop
Two handmade bombs were reportedly exploded in two
places in Dhaka, while security forces maintained strict vigil across the city,
preventing untoward incidents.
Public service buses, along with
three-wheelers, began plying since morning. Private vehicles, too, were out in
Long-haul buses from the inter-district terminals of
Mohakhali, Sayedabad and Gabtoli were, however, off the road. But services
between Dhaka and its nearby districts were on, said Jatrabari Police Station's
sub-inspector Emranul Islam.
Launch and train services from Dhaka are
also being operated.
Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority's
Traffic Inspector Mohammad Sulaiman said that 5 launches had left Dhaka till
Explosions had been reported from two places in Dhaka, but no one
Shahbagh Police Station's Inspector (patrol) Md Shahid said
that a few handmade bombs had been exploded around 8am at Paltan's Topkhana
Around 11am, miscreants hurled handmade bombs at Bongshal's
Bongshal Police Station's Inspector (investigations) Abul Hasan
said that a few men exploded at least three bombs and fled. The police fired a
few blank rounds after that.
Tight security around the BNP's Naya Paltan
headquarters and Khaleda Zia's Gulshan residence resumed on Thursday.
18-party Opposition alliance has been enforcing countrywide blockades in phases
since Nov 26 after the Election Commission announced the schedule for the
national election slated for Jan 5.
The latest non-stop road, rail and
waterways blockade from Jan 1 came after the Opposition had failed to hold its
proposed 'march to Dhaka' and a rally at Naya Paltan on Sunday (Dec
BNP chief Khaleda Zia was unable to leave her home for Naya Paltan,
as the police had boxed her in. Opposition activists also could not gather
due to heavy security across Dhaka and its entry