From the Archives: Curfew in East Pakistan

Published - March 05, 2019 12:15 am IST

Life in East Pakistan was paralysed to-day [March 4, Dacca] following a general strike and hartal in response to the call by the all-party Students’ Action Committee to press its demands for better educational facilities. In West Pakistan doctors are on strike and large parts of Pakistan are in the grip of a postal strike. An 18-hour curfew was imposed at noon to-day in Bogra after clashes between police and anti-Government demonstrators as East Pakistan observed hartal. Men of the East Pakistan Rifles were called in to help the civil authorities in Bogra after crowds had attacked a kotwali, set fire to the municipal office and local Muslim League office and cut telephone wires. Police used teargas to disperse violent crowds without much effect. Eight policemen including two officers were injured when demonstrators attacked the kotwali. Official circles said at Faizpur in Rangpur district, two rival groups of students clashed this morning.

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