As the death toll in violent clashes between Jamaat-e-Islami supporters and the police across Bangladesh climbed to 44, including five policemen, the Jamaat and its students wing, Islami Chatra Shibir, called for a two-day nationwide shutdown from March 3. The main opposition BNP, which has been silent about the war crimes verdict and its ally’s violent protests, has strongly condemned “police brutality”.

Meanwhile, young activists, who called for the February Shabagh protests, vowed to resist the Sunday and Monday hartal. The Jamaat, ally of the main opposition BNP, intensified its nationwide protests after the International Crimes Tribunal-1 handed down the death penalty to Delwar Hossain Sayedee, a top Jamaat policy maker, for crimes against humanity.

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