Stray incidents mark hartal in Sylhet
August 30, 2013   By:    Bangladesh, Ilias Ali   Comments are off   //   713 Views

Whereabouts Of Ilias Sought

Stray incidents of vandalism marked yesterday’s dawn-to-dusk hartal in Sylhet district enforced by two pro-BNP organisations — Ilias Mukti Sangram Parishad and Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal — demanding to know the whereabouts of BNP leader M Ilias Ali.

Over 50 vehicles, mainly auto-rickshaws, were vandalised during hartal hours in Dakshin Surma, Bandarbazar, Shibganj, Pathantola and Bagbari areas of Sylhet city.

Five men were picked up from different areas of the city for picketing, said Ejaj Ahmed, deputy commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police.

Aside from sparse vandalism, the hartal was peaceful with business establishments shut and vehicles staying off roads. Inter-upazila and long distance bus services were suspended.
BNP leader M Ilias Ali has been missing since April 17 last year. He went missing in the capital’s Banani area.

At a rally on Wednesday at the city’s court-point area, the leaders of the two organisations said they will continue agitation until Ilias is back.

Shamsuzzaman, vice president of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, said if Ali is not returned by September 1, they will go for tougher agitation programmes including enforcing a 72-hour long hartal.

Meanwhile, BNP, Biswanath upazila at a meeting on Monday called a dawn-to-dusk hartal for September 3 demanding release of 92 leaders and activists of the organisation.

Rejecting bail prayers, a Sylhet court sent them to jail in a case filed for attacking police during the hartal on April 23, 2012. The hartal, a week after Ilias’s disappearance, was called demanding information on the BNP leader’s whereabouts.

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