World Bulletin / News Desk
At least seven people were killed and scores injured on Wednesday in acts of vandalism, bombings, arson attacks and clashes, bringing to 16 the total number of people killed during three days of opposition protests against a timetable for general elections.
A senior member of the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (BAL) was reportedly killed in clashes with opposition supporters in Gajipur near capital Dhaka.
The slain party member was identified as local council member Kamal Hossain.
Masum Billah, a 28-year-old member of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), and 55-year-old Abdul Jalil, a leader of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (BJI), were reportedly killed in clashes between security forces and ruling party supporters in the northern district of Sirajgonj.
Ersad Ali, a 25-year-old rickshaw driver, was reportedly killed in an attack by opposition supporters in the eastern district of Chitagong.
BJI member Shamsur Rahman, 35, was reportedly killed by police during clashes in the southwestern Sathkhira district.
Ambia Khatun, a 28-year-old housewife, died after a tree cut down by opposition supporters to block a highway fell on her head.
Bank employee Anwara Begum, meanwhile, died at Dhaka Medical College Hospital from injuries sustained one day earlier.
Another driver, 40-year-old Dulal Miah, was reportedly killed in an attack by opposition supporters in the eastern district of Feni.
Seven people, including a paramilitary force soldier, were killed and more than 100 injured in nationwide violence on Tuesday, the first day of a 48-hour strike staged by the opposition to protest the electoral timetable.
The 18-party opposition alliance led by former premier Khaleda Zia has rejected a decision by the Bangladesh Election Commission to hold parliamentary polls on January 5.
The alliance has declared a 48-hour closure of roads, railways and waterways across Bangladesh – starting from 6am Tuesday – to protest the electoral schedule.
Two people were killed in clashes on Monday, immediately after the commission's announcement.
The opposition has been pressing for a neutral, non-party government to oversee upcoming elections.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ruling coalition controls 307 seats of the outgoing 350-strong parliament, including 274 for her BAL party alone.
The opposition currently boasts only 43 parliamentary seats, including 37 for the BNP.Last Mod: 28 Kasım 2013, 09:40