November 29, 2006 12:49:18 am
Rejecting the poll schedule setting January 21 as the voting day, the 14-party opposition alliance in Bangladesh today staged sit-in protests in Dhaka even as unidentified persons set fire to three poll offices outside the city.
The protestors took up positions at various points, specially on roads leading to the Election Commision, rejecting the schedule announced by the poll body yesterday.
Heavy security deployment was in place. The election offices were attacked before dawn and it was not immediately clear who was responsible, private television channel ATN Bangla reported.
Petrol was used to ignite the fire that destroyed official documents and furniture in the offices in Munshiganj, Barisal and Dhaka, it said.
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Leader of opposition Sheikh Hasina had yesterday said “this election schedule is unacceptable”. She said unless President Iajuddin Ahmed quit his additional post as chief adviser and appointed new election commissioners instead of the two who got the job and scrapped the election schedule, her alliance would again enforce an indefinite road, railway and waterway blockade.
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