Thousands of locals took to the streets in Phulbari on Sunday violating section 144 during a daylong shutdown protesting Saturday's police firing on demonstrators , in which five people have been reported killed .
They were demonstrating against an open-pit coal mine project that left five killed and around 300 injured. The agitators vowed to continue their ongoing indefinite strike until Asia Energy (Bangladesh) Pvt Ltd, the British company operating the Phulbari coalmine project, leaves the town.
Hundreds of members of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and police swooped on the since morning.
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine on Sunday called a countrywide dawn to dusk hartal on August 30 to protest the killing of five people by the law enforcers at Phulbari in Dinajpur. The decision came at a three-hour long meeting between Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina and top leaders of the 14-party opposition combine at the AL's Dhanmondi office.