Mayor of Bashurhat Municipality Abdul Quader Mirza called a half-day hartal (shutdown) in Companiganj upazila of Noakhali for today.
The shutdown will continue from 6:00am to 2:00pm.Quader Mirza, also younger brother of Awami League general secretary Obaidul Qader, announced the strike at a press briefing at the municipality office on Wednesday to press home several demands.
The demands include removal of deputy commissioner of the district, superintendent of police and officer-in-charge of the upazila police station, arrests of some local Awami League leaders, including Companiganj Upazila Parishad ex-chairman Mizanur Rahman Badal.
He also urged all to stop the ill-politics in the district.
Noakhali police super
Alamgir Hossain told journalists that it was a political issue. “We are hardly trying to maintain law and order,” he added.
Earlier, on January 23, a civil society platform titled ‘Nagorik Samaj’ also called an eight-hour (8:00am to 2:00pm) hartal in the upazila, protesting against ‘derogatory’ remarks on Obaidul Quader's family. Later the strike was called off.Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader requested the leaders of the platform to cancel their programme, considering public sufferings.