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Petrol bomb is back, vandalism continues in hartal

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The TBH desk

The petrol bomb has come back in the scene of 48-hours hartal declared by BNP.

A petrol bomb was thrown on Sunday night at a moving bus in Rajshahi’s Godagari upazila. A local BNP leader has been arrested by the police on suspicion of involvement.

A bus named Shimu Noor Taj Paribahan was going to Chapainawabganj with passengers from Rajshahi. At Udpur, some people wearing helmets on motorcycles chased the bus from behind.

Later they hurled petrol bombs at the bus while it was moving. When it caught fire, the driver stopped the bus and dropped the passengers. Traffic on the road was stopped at this time. Later, the fire service personnel came and extinguished the bus fire. By that time the bus was burnt.

On the other hand, at least sixteen arson attacks were recorded till 9 am on Monday morning around the country during the 48-hour hartal called by BNP, Jammat and some like-minded parties.

A total of 16 vehicles were set on fire by miscreants during this time and three of those  were set on fire inside Dhaka city, said Talha Bin Zashim, station officer of Fire Service and Civil Defense Media Cell.

Meanwhile, four arson attacks were reported in Dhaka division including Dhaka city, seven in Rajshahi, four in Chattogram, and one in Mymensingh division.

Nine buses, six trucks, one covered van, One CNG-run autorickshaw and three carriages of a train were burnt during this period.

A total of 144 members of 29 firefighting units worked to douse the fires across the country during this period, added the fire officer.

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