Sat, 09 Dec 2023

Flames of chaos: 11 arson attacks in 15 hours rock Bangladesh

Khalid Umar Malik
20 Nov 2023, 22:27 GMT+10

DHAKA, Bangladesh - Eleven arson attacks were recorded in the previous 15 hours, from 6 p.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

Miscreants set fire to 11 vehicles during this period. According to the Fire Service and Civil Defence media cell, five of these were set on fire inside Dhaka city.

Meanwhile, according to Talha Bin Zashim, station officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence, three reports of arson violence were recorded in the Rajshahi division, two in Chittagong, and one in Mymensingh.

Among the vehicles, six buses, one covered van, one CNG-powered autorickshaw, one pickup van, and three train carriages were torched.

During this time, 107 people from 20 different fire departments worked to put out fires across the country.

A 48-hour hartal, called by the BNP, Jamaat, and other opposition parties, began Sunday morning to protest the Election Commission's (EC) announcement of the general election schedule.

The government has deployed 235 Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) platoons and 460 Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) patrol teams across Bangladesh To maintain law and order during the fresh 48-hour hartal called by the BNP, Jamaat, and other opposition parties.

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