An activist of Jamaat-e-Islami was killed when law enforcers after being attacked opened fire on them in Sadar upazila of Satkhira early today, on the final day of BNP-led opposition combine-sponsored 48-hour blockade.
Around 70 people including 22 police personnel were also injured in separate clashes between the opposition men and law enforcers in Chittagong, Rajshahi, Barisal and Manikganj.
The opposition alliance called the blockade of roads, rail and waterways rejecting the schedule for 10th parliamentary election.
A passenger of a CNG-run auto-rickshaw sustained burn injuries when pro-blockade activists set fire to two vehicles in front of VIP Tower in Chittagong city.
Of the hurt victims, 20 opposition men including Rajshahi city Mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul and three police men were injured in Rajshahi while 25 pro-blockade activists including seven law enforcers were wounded in Barisal. In port city of Chittagong, 15 people including seven members of Chittagong Metropolitan Police were injured while five law enforcers were injured in Manikganj.
The pro-blockade activists also torched eight vehicles and vandalised 14 vehicles in Chittagong, Manikganj and Kurigram.
Law enforcers also detained 22 blockaders including an upazila-level leader of BNP in Chittagong, Barisal, Rajshahi and Kurigram.
Jamaat activist Shamsur Rahman, 40, was killed when law enforcers after being attacked opened fire on them around 2:30am.
The victim was a resident of Sheyaldanga village in the upazila, reports our correspondent.
The law enforcers came under attack at Abaderghatkhola area in the upazila when they went there for a raid, said Mohammad Nasir, inspector (investigation) of Sadar Police Station.
A team of Sadar police and the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) jointly went for the raid at Agardari Alia Madrasa—a hideout of Jamaat.
As soon as the Jamaat men sensed the presence of the law enforcers, they using the loudspeaker of a local mosque called the party men to come out of their houses to resist the police and BGB men, the inspector said.
Within few minutes, nearly 3,000 activists of Jamaat and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir, gathered in front of the madrasa and exploded nearly 200 crude bombs and crackers, forcing the law enforcers to retreat.
When the law enforcers were returning in the face of resistance, the party men put barricades on Kadamtola-Bashdha road putting logs.
At one stage, the Jamaat-Shibir men attacked the law enforcers with sticks and also hurled a number of bombs, compelling the police and BGB men to fire, the police official added.
During the firing, the Jamaat man sustained bullet wounds and died on the spot, he added.
Around 600 activists of BNP led 18-party alliance brought out a procession from near the Government Women College in the city around 7:30am.
Marching several roads, the processionists blocked a road near the Rajshahi Government College around 8:00am.
As they were demonstrating sitting on the road, law enforcers opened fire from an armoured personnel carrier to disperse the agitators.
Besides, another group of law enforcers fired around 100 rounds of rubber bullets and over 50 teargas shells as the blockade supporters launched crude bombs targeting law enforcers that left three of the policemen hurt, said Ziaur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Boalia Police Station.
One of the constables, Abdul Hamid, 30, went under the knife for his wounds in the chest at the Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) while two others were admitted to the hospital.
Around 20 opposition men including the city Mayor Mosaddek Hossain Bulbul sustained rubber bullet injuries during the clash, said Abur Zafar Tutu, personal secretary to the mayor.
Mayor Bulbul was admitted to a city clinic, Tutu added.
Police detained 12 activists of BNP, Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, Islami Chhatra Shibir from the spot, the OC added.
Police fired 121 rounds from their shot guns and 16 rounds of teargas canisters as opposition men tried to block a road at Kashipur bazaar in the city around 9:00am, said Raihan, deputy commissioner of Barisal Metropolitan Police (North).
The blockaders also hurled brick chips towards lawmen leaving seven cops including a sub-inspector of Airport Police Station injured, the police official added.
At least 15 activists of the opposition bloc sustained injuries in the clash.
Police held one activist of BNP from the spot.
The activists of BNP vandalised three motorbikes and billboards at Nageswari upazila around 12:00pm, said Abdur Rashid, officer-in-charge of the police station.
Police fired several rounds of teargas ganisters and gunshots to disperse the opposition men, reports our correspondent quoting the police official.
The law enforcers also picked up the upazila unit BNP President Ruhul Amin and its religious affairs secretary Abdur Razzak for their involvement with the vandalism.