Alongside transport blockade, the BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a 72-hour countrywide hartal from 6am on Sunday as part of its movement for restoring democracy.
BNP Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, announcing the shutdown programme in a press release on Friday, said it will end at 6am on Wednesday.
Rizvi also asked the party leaders and activists to observe the hartal in a peaceful manner.
The hartal was called to protest the ruling party leaders’ threat to ‘blow out’ the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office and arrest her, the Prime Minister’s instruction to police to suppress the movement by any means, hurling, killing of 21 leaders and activists during blockade, attacks on BNP leaders homes and vandalisiing their cars.
The statement also protested arrest of over 15,000 leaders of 20-party alliance across the country, and filing of around 1.5 lakh ‘false’ cases against them, harassment of opposition men by joint forces’ drives and shifting the blame on the opposition after carrying out acts of sabotage by throwing petrol bombs at public transports by government agents.
Earlier on Thursday, the Education Minister called upon the 20-party alliance to withdraw their ongoing non-stop transport blockade for SSC examinations.