2 hurt in blasts, 6 vehicles torched

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Two persons were injured in crude bomb blasts in Katabon and Malibagh as violence erupted in different parts of the capital today on the eve of BNP-led 18-party opposition combine-sponsored 60-hour countrywide hartal (shutdown).

Unidentified miscreants also torched six vehicles including buses and exploded more cocktails at different parts of the Dhaka.

Police suspected that the pro-hartal activists unleashed the violence to create panic among commuters ahead of the shutdown scheduled to begin at 6:00am tomorrow.

The opposition combine called the fresh shutdown in a span of seven days to press home its demand for a non-party polls-time government to oversee the next general election.

INJURIES

An unidentified 35-year-old man sustained blast injuries after a crude bomb went off at Katabon intersection around 11:00am.

Shahbagh police rushed him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.

Police suspected that the man was carrying a bomb which went off suddenly.

Detail of the blast was not available immediately.

A surgery was being performed on him when the report was filed at 12:30pm.

Meanwhile, Abdul Motalib, 35, a rickshaw-puller, was injured as a homemade bomb exploded near Padma Cinema Hall in Malibagh around 3:00pm.

Motalib who was on his way to Badda sustained injuries on his head and throat in the blast.

He was undergoing treatment at the DMCH.

TORCHING

A group of unidentified people torched a bus in front of the T&T Colony in Motijheel, the commercial hub of the capital, around 10:30am, fire service official said.

On information, firefighters rushed to the spot and doused the fire.

Detail of the incident however could not be known immediately.

Unidentified miscreants also torched a bus in Gulistan around 2:40pm and set fire to another at Kataban around 3:20pm, fire service officials confirmed.

UNB adds: Criminals also set fire to three buses–one near BSTI office in Tejgaon around 11:45am, another in front of Abakash Hotel in Mohakhali around 2:00pm and a CNG-run three-wheelers at Malibagh Chowdhurypara about 1:55pm.

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