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Hartal observed in Khagrachhari

Our Correspondent, Khagrachhari

The Daily Star, Sep 12, 2006

A dawn-to-dusk hartal was observed here yesterday amid sporadic clashes between BNP and Awami League (AL) activists leaving 15 people of both the parties injured. AL enforced the hartal protesting killing of its leader Nurul Islam Pici by BNP activists on Sunday.

The clash ensued at about 10-30 am when anti-hartal BNP pro-cessionists led by Matiranga upazila BNP president Abu Yusuf Chowdhury chased AL activists near Ali Akbar Chowdhury Building who were picketing in support of hartal.

AL claimed 10 of their men were injured while BNP claimed five of their activists were injured.

Educational institutions, offices and business establishments remained closed during hartal hours.

In the morning, hartal supporters vandalised shops in front of Nawab Building and prevented buses and other vehicles from plying.

AL brought out a mourning procession in the town. Later, a meeting was held at Muktamancha at 11:30am. Party president Jotindra Lal Tripura chaired the meeting.

Speakers announced a 48-hour ultimatum for fulfilling their demand for arrest and exemplary punishment to the criminals.

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