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Protesters try to besiege Khaleda’s office, demand an end to blockade

At least 15 vehicles were attacked by activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, even though the convoy of more than 50 vehicles was being escorted by security forces during the non-strop transport blockade.

The Dhaka-bound convoy from northern Rajshahi — which included buses and good laden trucks — was attacked by petrol bombs, the police said. Three persons were injured. The attackers exploded scores of crude bombs setting some of the vehicles on fire.

The attack was launched in the half-kilometre stretch between Barnali to Darikharbanar and in Binodpur of northern Rajshahi around 12:30 p.m. on Thursday. The motorcade was later able to move ahead with the help of police, RAB and BGB.

The non-stop blockade which continued entered its 17th day on Thursday and has caused considerable damage, however, showed no immediate sign of ending.

On Thursday, over 500 hundred agitated people made a bid to besiege BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office to force her to withdraw the blockade. The protesters, mostly transport and garment workers made a bid to besiege Khaleda’s political office where she is staying since January 3. The police however foiled the march.

The protesters later issued a two day ultimatum demanding withdrawal of the blockade, failing which they said they would go for hunger strike. They also demanded Ms. Zia’s arrest.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who briefed the officials of the Foreign Ministry on Thursday on the current political situation, has termed the crisis a “man-made calamity” and warned the diplomats against the “vicious moves” to tarnish the country’s image. She however hoped to get out of the crisis. She told Parliament on Wednesday that that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is liable for legal action for the killing and injuries of scores innocent people.

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The government on Thursday unblocked five widely-used instant messaging and VoIP applications, including Viber and Tango . They had been blocked on Monday on “security grounds”.

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