The 48-hour hartal enforced by Jamaat in Cox’s Bazar is progressing peacefully. No untoward incident or picketing was reported. However incidents of chase and counter chase between police and picketers occurred in Chakria. The hartal was called by Jamaat to protest the death of 4 people in clashes with the police on Friday.
Police, as the complainant, have filed 3 cases in this regard. Charges were brought against 6000 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists. The cases were filed under assault and murder of police, explosives and suppression of terrorism laws, said Md. Jashim Uddin, acting Officer-in-Charge of Cox’s Baxar Sadar Police Station.
Mohammad Ruhul Amin, district administrator of Cox’s Bazar, said Section 144 imposed in Rumaliyarchara at 4:00 pm on Friday, was lifted on Saturday morning. Although vehicular movement was scarce, most of the shops in the area were open.
When Jamaat tried to bring out a procession from Khurushkul area, they faced police resistance. The procession dispersed when police fired a few empty shots. In Chakria, the picketers barricaded Chiringa-Betua road. When police arrived at the scene, a clash ensued between Jamaat and the police. At one point, police opened fire. Two police officers by the names of Shupam Talukdar and Monjurul Islam received injured. Awami League and a few leftists groups brought out anti-hartal processions in the afternoon.
More than 20000 tourists left the town on Friday night due to the imposition of the 48-hour hartal. Another few thousands tourists are stranded, informed SM Kibria Khan, President of Tour Operator Association of Cox’s Bazar.