Activists of Jamaat-e-Islami took out sudden processions and exploded crude bombs at the start of the nationwide 48-hour general strike on Tuesday amid intensified security all over.
The strike has been called by the party to protest
cancellation of its registration which may deny it the chance to contest
A huge posse of police and Rapid Action Battalion
(RAB) personnel were deployed at key points in Dhaka since early on Tuesday to
prevent possible violence.
But activists of Jamaat and its student wing
Islami Chhatra Shibir took out a procession around 7am at Gulshan’s Shahjadpur
and exploded at least four homemade bombs, RAB-1 commander Kismat Hayat
RAB detained one Ismail Hossain Babu, who was injured in the
Jamaat and Shibir activists took out processions at Kalyanpur
and Jatrabarhi around 6:30am in the morning.
Jatrabarhi Police Station
Sub-Inspector Emranul Islam said strikers left the scene as police arrived
Rickshaws and auto-rickshaws were plying in Dhaka, while city
buses were seen running but in less-than-usual numbers.
offices and courts opened but attendance was thin, though it might pick up as
the day progresses. But the streets of Dhaka wore a deserted
Long-route buses were grounded at city terminals due to the strike,
but launch and train services were normal, officials said.
Metropolitan Police spokesperson Monirul Islam said law-keepers were determined
to prevent violence. Mobile courts were also active at all DMP zones to ensure
On Aug 1, the High Court in a verdict cancelled Jamaat’s
registration as a political party with the Election Commission saying it was
‘illegal and void’. Jamaat claimed the verdict was ‘wrong’ and reflective of the
government’s ‘political motives’.
A political party can continue to be
active without a registration but is ineligible to contest in the
The strike call came in a media statement hours after the High
The party, which opposed Bangladesh’s independence in
1971, in the release, signed by Central Publicity Department chief Mohammad
Ibrahim, also announced to continue its movement against the ‘unconstitutional
and undemocratic verdict’.
Meanwhile, Jamaat faced harsh criticisms for
calling the strike immediately after the Eid, the biggest religious festival of
Muslims all around the world.
Many people had bought tickets for
travelling to their ancestral homes in the districts before Eid to spend the
vacation with the families.
But they had to return the tickets after the
shutdown was announced.
Jamaat, however, had planned the strike for Aug
12 and Aug 13, but it rescheduled the strike to Aug 13 and 14.
decision was taken considering the plight of those returning from home after
Eid, said Assistant Secretary General Rafiqul Islam Khan in a media
The High Court, meanwhile, has summoned both Ibrahim and Khan
for appearance on Sept 16 to explain why calling strikes against its verdict
should not be treated as contempt of court.
Rafiqul Islam Khan is
currently absconding as he faces a three-month imprisonment on a similar