As many as ten more people were killed and scores wounded as blockaders clashed with cops and political rivals and toppled trains trying to cut off communications with the capital on the fifth day of a countrywide blockade over election issue. In the worst incident of sabotage Wednesday, five people were killed and around 40 injured as an express train derailed in Gaibandha’s Bonarpara area in the early hours of the day as fishplates were removed allegedly by blockade supporters. Sources said a Juba Dal leader was killed as opposition BNP and Jamaat activists fought pitched battles... more ›
Ruling Awami League president and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wednesday urged the countrymen to resist the opposition activists from killing people and destroying public property “in the name of movement”. “Build resistance against the killers and nab those who have been involved in uprooting fishplates of railway tracks and setting fire to public property to kill innocent people,” she said at the outset of a crucial meeting of the Awami League Central Working Committee at her official residence Ganobhaban. The premier sat with her party’s highest policy-level body in the wake of ongoing political crisis over... more ›
Former military ruler HM Ershad Wednesday ordered his Jatiya Party ministers in the interim cabinet of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to step down, further deepening the political crisis over the election issue. Earlier in the day, he had ordered his party nominees to withdraw nomination papers immediately, a day after he had decided to back out from the poll process as the mainstream opposition led by BNP stayed away and opted for a crippling blockade programme. The JP chief’s instructions came in a press release as he had gone off public sight since Tuesday’s surprise declaration on abstaining... more ›
The BNP-led opposition coalition threatened that if the government does not meet their one-point demand for the general election under a non-party government by 5pm today, it would go for a tougher movement in protest. “If our demand for a non-party government is not met by 5:00pm Thursday, we’ll be bound to give a tougher action programme to rescue democracy…,” said BNP spokesperson Salahuddin Ahmed in a strongly-worded warning. He made the call to the election-time interim government in a written statement on the fifth day of the BNP-led 18-party alliance’s countrywide 131-hour blockade that ends today. “We are calling the freedom-loving people for ensuring the fall of this gun-wielding fascist government... more ›
Foreign Secretary of India Sujatha Singh Wednesday said the election in Bangladesh should be held with participation of maximum number of parties for the sake of democracy. She expressed the view at a meeting with the editors and senior journalists of national dailies, television channels and online media at Hotel Sonargaon following her meetings with the Prime Minister, the foreign minister, the leader of the opposition and the chairman of Jatiya Party. “You have to have that election in order to build the institutions of democracy,” the Indian Foreign Secretary said. Pressed for further comments, she... more ›
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