The joint forces and police in Bangladesh arrested many people including grassroots level leaders of the Awami League and BNP across the country during a 24-hour drive.
The joint forces arrested 548 persons during their special drives. Meanwhile, different political parties have criticized the arrests of their leaders and activists. But the government in a handout said the joint forces arrested the 548 persons on specific charges and that there is no "political intention" behind the arrests.
Amir Khasru has more on the story.