Two more persons have been killed in fresh violence that rocked cities across Bangladesh taking the death toll to 11, as a 48–hour nationwide blockade enforced by the main opposition BNP entered its second day on Wednesday.

The Awami League and BNP are at loggerheads over the system for conducting the polls. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has formed a multi—party interim set—up while the BNP wants elections under a non–party interim government.

The opposition led by BNP is demanding that the polls scheduled for January 5 should be shelved until the dispute over the poll–time government is settled.

Police said an activist of Jamaat–e–slami, a crucial BNP ally, died in pre–dawn clashes with paramilitary BGB troops in southwestern Satkhira. The other casualty was reported by state–run Dhaka Medical College Hospital where a 42–year woman succumbed to her wounds a day after a bomb hurled from an opposition procession landed squarely on her head.PTI