Sheersha Khobor Dot Com
Dhaka – Left-leaning parties on Sunday observed a half-day strike protesting against the hike in gas prices.
Supporters of the Left Democratic Alliance (LDA) took position at key points of the capital in the morning. They tried to obstruct vehicle movement in various places but there was no report of any untoward incident.
Shutdown supporters also brought out processions in the city’s Paltan and Mirpur areas and held rallies.
They kept the key Shahbagh and Purana Paltan intersections blocked for about four hours (until 12:30pm), causing severe gridlocks in the surrounding areas.
Students of Jahangirnagar University also joined the protests and blocked the Dhaka-Aricha Highway. The protest led to long tailbacks on both ends of the road. The protesters went back to the campus at the request of police and the university administration around 10:30am.
The LDA announced the shutdown programme on July 1, a day after gas prices were raised by 32.8 percent on average for the retail consumers.
Its protest programme was endorsed by political parties such as the BNP, Dr Kamal Hossain-led Gonoform and ASM Abdur Rab-led Jatiya Samjtantrik Dal.
The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports also expressed solidarity with the shutdown.
In Sylhet, the shutdown received lukewarm response. The city life was largely unaffected and no untoward incident was reported. A large number of police personnel were deployed.
Activists of leftist alliance brought out a procession from the city’s court point area in the morning. They took position at key points of the city and tried to persuade the drivers to join their protest.
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