Dhaka : At least two people have been killed in clashes between pro-and anti-government supporters across Bangladesh, as five voting centres were set on fire amid the opposition’s nonstop blockade two days before the elections, reports PTI. Police said a driver and a trader were killed and three others injured when suspected activists of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its fundamentalist ally Jamaat-e-Islami hurled petrol bombs on an onion-laden truck at northwestern Hakimpur of Dinajpur district overnight.
“The driver apparently lost control over the wheels as the truck caught fire…it overturned and fell into a roadside ditch,” a police officer said, adding that the driver and the trader were burnt to death. In the capital Dhaka, police said at least three persons, including a woman, sustained severe burn injuries when miscreants hurled a petrol bomb on a bus at Paribagh area this morning as the opposition’s nationwide non-stop blockade on roads, railway tracks and waterways continued.
Witnesses said several youths hurled a petrol bomb which landed at the front side of the bus, critically injuring the driver and two passengers who were immediately rushed to the burn unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Doctors at the unit said the wounds of the 40-year-old woman appeared critical as 64 per cent of her body was burned. Meanwhile, five makeshift voting centres housed at four schools were set on fire at Daganbhuiyan area of northwestern Feni, the hometown of BNP chief Khaleda Zia.