DHAKA, Jan 26, 2017 (BSS) - It was a usual business day in the capital with vehicles plying on the city street like any other day during the half-day hartal called by National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports protesting against a coal-based power plant project in the southern part.
"The hartal could not make any impact in the public life. Vehicular movements were normal as the city dwellers witnessed regular traffic jam while offices and shops were open," a police official told BSS.
He said except in Paltan and Shahbag intersection, no untoward incidents took place during the eight-hour shutdown from 6am to 2pm called by the committee. Shahabagh police station officer-in-charge (OC) Abu Bakkar Siddique said police requested the workers and activists of different left-leaning student organizations and the national committee not to stop
vehicular movement at Shahbagh intersection when they were moving towards the crossing in a protest procession.
"But the protestors did not pay any heed to the request of police and started moving towards the intersection. Then, police tried to intercept them," he said.
But the agitators started hurling brickbats and in retaliation police opened teargas to disperse the protesters.
Besides, the Oil, Gas committee also staged protest rally and procession at Paltan area but no untoward incident took place.
Traffic congestion were seen at Paltan intersection, Jatiya Press Club area, Secretariat, Gulisthan, Malibagh, Farmgate and other important city points.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)