Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called a countywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today protesting at the arrest and subsequent remand of its several central leaders, including the party chief, Maqbul Ahmad.
Jamaat announced the general strike on Tuesday hours after a Dhaka court placed Maqbul, its secretary general Shafiquer Rahman and six other leaders on a 10-day remand in two cases filed with Kadamtali police in the capital.
A press release issued by Jamaat’s central publicity wing announced the hartal.
Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday said that the government would give a befitting reply if Jamaat creates anarchy in observing the hartal.
‘A befitting reply will be given if the hartal turns violence,’ Quader told reporters after visiting the ongoing metro rail works at Uttara in the capital.
Jamaat in the release said that ambulances, corpse-carrying vehicles, hospitals, fire service cars, vehicles carrying newspapers and medicine shops would remain out of the purview of today’s hartal.
On Monday night, detectives detained the Jamaat leaders from a house at Uttara in the capital.
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