11 arson attacks reported in 15 hours as vandalism continues in hartal

Staff Correspondent, Dhaka:

Vandalism continues in the first day of 48 hours hartal called by BNP and like minded parties.Eleven arson attacks were recorded in the past 15 hours, from 6 pm yesterday till 9 am this morning.

A total of 11 vehicles were set on fire by miscreants during this time. Of these, five were set on fire inside Dhaka city, according to the media cell of Fire Service and Civil Defence.Meanwhile, three reports of arson violence were recorded in Rajshahi division, two in Chattogram, and one in Mymensingh, said Talha Bin Zashim, station officer of Fire Service and Civil Defence (media cell).

The affected vehicles included six buses, one covered van, one CNG-run autorickshaw, one pickup van, and three carriages of a train.A total of 107 members of 20 firefighting units worked to douse the fires across the country during this period.

A 48-hour hartal — called by BNP, Jamaat and like-minded opposition parties — protesting the general election schedule announced by the Election Commission (EC) is underway from this morning amid fear of violence.