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20-party calls fresh 72-hr hartal from today

Untitled-2 copyThe BNP-led 20-party alliance announced another 72-hour spell of nationwide hartal from 6am today that will be enforced alongside its ongoing indefinite transport blockade.
The hartal was called protesting enforced disappearance, killing, repression, abduction, ‘taking opposition leaders on remand illegally’ and arrest of Salahuddin Ahmed and demanding his immediate release, said a press statement signed by BNP Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu. Bulu came up with the announcement three days after another party joint secretary general Salahuddin Ahmed was allegedly taken away by plainclothes law enforcers from his hideout at Uttara in the capital.
The statement said the 20-party alliance gave its complete support to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to continue with the ongoing peaceful movement to restore democracy and rights of the people in the country.
“We strongly demand initiatives for resolving the ongoing political crisis by accepting the guidelines given by Khaleda Zia,” read the statement.
The statement termed the reaction of Awami League leader Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif on Khaleda Zia’s press conference “indecent and beyond political norms” and condemned it. It claimed that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at an election preparatory meeting on December 19 in 2013 had made the commitments to continue talks after the polls and dissolve parliament if a consensus is made.
The AL is now refusing to sit for a dialogue to reach a consensus over a fresh election and they have also forgotten the commitment of the prime minister, the statement added.
Meanwhile, students of different institutions yesterday staged demonstration in front of the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office demanding the withdrawal of hartal and blockade.
Over a hundred students under the banner of Sacheton Tarun Samaj staged the demonstration around 11:45am.