BNP calls fresh 72-hour hartal from Sunday
14 March 2015, Nirapad News: BNP Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu made the announcement in a press release issued on Saturday morning.
The hartal will be enforced from 6 am on Sunday and will continue till 6 am on Wednesday protesting the arrest of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed and the killing of opposition members in the name of crossfire and mass arrests, according to the media release.
Bulu, on behalf of the party chairperson Khaleda Zia, called upon the party leaders and activists to observe the hartal peacefully.
The BNP-led 20-party alliance has been enforcing a non-stop nationwide blockade since January 5, in protest against the “confinement” of Party Chief Khaleda Zia.
Khaleda Zia had been kept confined to her Gulshan party office since January 3 ahead of a party rally, marking Democracy Killing Day. On January 12, the security was relaxed.
But Khaleda never came out; instead she said in a press conference that she was going to stay there and the blockade would continue unless the government took the first steps towards a solution.
For most of the day, the blockade and hartal enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance had little impact on the lives of the people, aside from a few stray incidents of violence across the country.
So far, more than 88 people have died and scores have been injured in different parts of the country during the non-stop blockade.
Law enforcers continued a crackdown on alleged anarchists and pickets throughout the country.