Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)– Dhaka district administration deployed 10 mobile courts across the capital on Saturday to check violence before and during the strike planned for Sunday.
“Ten mobile courts started roaming the city streets since Saturday afternoon,” Muhibul Haque, deputy commissioner of Dhaka district, was quoted by The Daily Star, a local newspaper, as saying.
Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its allies called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide general strike for Sunday to protest the disappearance of its central leader and ex-MP Ilias Ali and his driver on the night of April 17.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Benazir Ahmed said law enforcing agencies will take a strong position to fend off any violence during hartal hours.
He was talking to reporters after holding a meeting on the security measures for strike with the top officials of police at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the capital Dhaka.
The members of the law enforcing agencies will not tolerate any indiscipline during the strike (hartal), the DMP commissioner said.
“Hartal is the democratic rights of the political parties. But our duty is to ensure security of the public,” the commissioner said, adding “We’ll do anything necessary for ensuring security of the people.”
BBN/SSR/AD-21Apr12-4:10 pm (BST)