More than 7,000 opposition activists and leaders arrested since nationwide blockade started
Nirapad News : More than 7,000 opposition activists since the start of nationwide blockade two weeks ago.
The authorities are struggling to deal with unrest in which activists have bombed vehicles and blockaded roads, and 30 people have died.
Opposition leader Khaleda Zia called for protests on the anniversary of last year’s election.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina denounced the opposition as militants on Tuesday.
She said activists were not engaging in politics, but rather terrorism.
Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said 7,015 activists and leaders of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami have been arrested so far across the country for their alleged involvement with the recent occurrences of violence.
He offered a reward of 100,000 taka for information leading to the arrest of any of the protest activists or miscreants.
The authorities are considering a shoot-on-site policy for anyone involved in looting or other violent disturbances.
Most of those who have died in the protests have been motorists and bus drivers caught in bombings. It is unclear who carried out the attacks.