To protest the arrest of Jamaat-e-Islami top leaders, the party has called a dawn-to-dusk hartal on Thursday (12 Oct. 17). The countrywide shutdown is underway peacefully thus far.
Though the shutdown began at 6 in the morning, vehicular movement in the capital seemed usual. People are taking public transports to reach their destinations.
However, to avoid any unexpected incident, law enforcement agencies have been alerted and deployed at significant points of the city.
The students of schools and colleges were seen going to their institutions but the presence of students in the educational institutions was not like other days.
Besides, long route buses left the city but the number of vehicles was lesser than the other normal days.
Earlier on Tuesday, Jamaat announced the shutdown in a statement soon after a court put nine of their top leaders on a 10-day remand in two cases filed against them with Kadamtali Police Station.
On Monday night, detectives arrested Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, its Nayeb-e-Ameer Mia Golam Parwar, also a former MP from Khulna-5 constituency, Secretary-General Dr. Shafiqur Rahman and six other party leaders from the city`s Uttara area.
The Jamaat statement said the ambulance, fire service and hospital vehicles, media and other emergency services will remain outside the purview of the hartal.