At least four persons were killed in clashes as a 60-hour countrywide strike called by opposition parties demanding a neutral caretaker government in poll-bound Bangladesh entered its second day Monday,raising the overall death toll in violence linked to political unrest to 15.
Supporters of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its right-wing ally Jamaat-e-Islami stabbed a rival supporter to death in northern Jamalpur,police said.
In Chittagong,a trucker died as his vehicle overturned after picketers threw brick chips at him,they said.
The third death was reported from western Jhinaidah where a local BNP leader was bombed and knifed to death by suspected rival activists.
A gang of up to eight miscreants carried out the attack exploding crude bombs as Abul Hossain was having tea in a stall… they later stabbed him to confirm his death, a police officer told reporters.
A 14-year-old boy was killed in east central Chandpur district when opposition cadres clashed with police and Awami League workers.
At least 50 people were injured when a shuttle train derailed after suspected opposition activists uprooted rail lines in northern Lalmonirhat district.
In Dhaka,protesters torched an office of ruling Awami League. Witnesses said the protesters also hurled a few handmade bombs and raised pro-strike slogans.
They also torched and vandalised at least six vehicles in Dhaka and its adjacent areas,reports said. At least seven bombs were blasted across the city,the reports added.
Schools,shops and other businesses remained closed across the country Monday due to the strike.