The second day of the latest 48-hour countrywide blockade, called by BNP and like-minded opposition parties, is underway in a lax manner with regular vehicular movement on the streets this morning. The blockade started at 6 am yesterday and it will come to an end at 6 am tomorrow.
With this, BNP and like-minded opposition parties have observed nine blockades since October 31.
Presence of public transport on Dhaka streets and commuters seemed to be higher compared to previous blockades, despite tension and fear of arson attacks. Law enforcers were seen patrolling the streets and remained deployed at several important points of Dhaka.
Vehicles of media outlets, ambulances and vehicles transporting oxygen cylinders and medicines remain out of the purview of the blockade. Last night, miscreants set fire to three buses parked in Bara Harishpur area of Natore city during the ongoing blockade.
Moreover, two buses were burnt in Dampara and Akbar Shah areas of Chattogram city last night. A helper of another bus sustained burn injuries when he was trying to douse the flame in Dampara area.