Opposition enforces nonstop blockade in Bangladesh, 1 killed

BangladeshThe BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance is boycotting the polls and political violence during nationwide strikes.

One person was killed on the first day of opposition parties' countrywide nonstop blockade in Bangladesh to foil the January 5 general election.

An activist of Jubo Dal — a front organisation of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) — was killed when security personnel opened fire on protesters in retaliation for their attack in east-central Chandpur district, police said.

Blockade campaigners attacked a Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) vehicle on its way to Hajiganj area in the district, they said.

The opposition members started pelting stones at the BGB vehicle. The troopers tried to chase them away leading to the clash.

No other major untoward incident was reported from the country. Security personnel are maintaining a tight vigil.

The BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance is boycotting the polls and political violence during nationwide strikes and blockades enforced by the opposition have left over 120 people dead and have crippled the economy since November last year.

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