Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)-The 24-hour countrywide general strike enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting Supreme Court’s order upholding the death penalty awarded to party leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujaheed could cast a impact on normal city life on Wednesday.
The Dhaka city dwellers have been carrying out their regular activities like other days as the operation of offices, industries and vehicles remained near normal since 6:00am Wednesday when the strike began.
The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Tuesday upheld the death penalty of condemned war criminal Mujaheed, rejecting his plea for reviewing the capital punishment for his crimes against humanity during the country’s Liberation War in 1971.
No major incident of violence was reported from any part of the country till 10:30am when this report was updated.
The shutdown will continue till 6:00am Thursday.
The strike actually appeared to have little impact on the daily life of city dwellers in Dhaka.
Even, the traffic appeared to be normal like other working days.
Private cars were also seen plying on the city streets, though generally in strike days those were kept off roads fearing vandalism.
However, no long distance buses left the city’s main terminals or entered.
The train communication remaind normal during the strike hours.
Roadside shops and shopping malls were also seen open since the morning.
Huge contingents of police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) were deployed at all the key points of the capital to maintain law and order during the strike hours.