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Clashes in Habiganj : Aftermath of Kibria's Murder

  • Matiur Chowdhury

The weekend in the district was benumbed with the shock and horror of Thursday's carnage while police were yet to make any arrest in this connection.

The dawn-to-dusk strike called by the district Awami League (AL) protesting the macabre grenade attack on a rally at Boidder Bazar was enforced amid sporadic incidents of clash, and ransacking and burning of vehicles, houses, shops and other business establishments, mostly belonging to ruling alliance members. Businesses kept their shutters down and even rickshaws were kept off the roads. Panic coated with anger and resentment has gripped the entire district following the outrage that killed former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four other AL activists, besides injuring more than 70 people. Large number of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) troops have been deployed in addition to the normal police force to keep the situation under control.

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