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People harassed, over 100 held
Sufferings mounted due to extra checking during Oikyafront meeting
Hundreds of people were reportedly harassed by a section of law enforcing agencies and ruling party men when they were approaching to join the rally of Jatiya Oikyafront in the city's Suhrawardy Udyan on Tuesday.
Law enforcers searched bags and luggage of common people, including passengers, in the name of maintaining the law and order ahead of the rally, Jatiya Oikyafront leaders claimed.
They said that the law enforcers raided vehicles, including bridegroom-car-convey, at the entry points of the capital in the morning.
As a result, thousands of commuters and employees reached their workplaces late.
Meanwhile, the law enforcers arrested over 100 people by considering them as the rally participants, they added.
Peoples' suffering mounted as they were stranded inside vehicles due to long tailback on Dhaka-Gazipur, Dhaka-Aricaha, Dhaka-Narayanganj and Dhaka-Maoya roads in the morning, report our districts correspondents quoting police and witnesses.
BNP leader Aman Ullah Aman alleged in the rally that law enforcers and ruling party men created bar on the way to the rally. He also said that over 100 people were arrested from the city and its adjacent areas ahead of the rally. The Labour Party Chairman Mostafizur Rahman Iran said that two activists of the party were picked up by police from in front of Janata Tower in Motijheel area as they headed to Suhrawardy Udyan.
Police arrested 29 bridegroom passengers, who were going to city's Khilgaon from Fatulla of Narayanganj on the Dhaka-Narayanganj highway around 11:30 am.
But Police suspected that they tried to join rally by using the name of marriage ceremony, said Ilias Ali, Sub-Inspector (SI) of Fatulla Police Station.
Seeking anonymity, a driver of Balaka Bus, said that police and local ruling party men forced them to park bus in the name of checking necessary papers.
Sirajul Islam, Traffic Inspector (Administration) of Tongi, said that the tailback was the result of the pressure of extra vehicles ahead of the rally.
Mirazur Rahman, President of Swechhsebak League of Dakkhin Keraniganj unit, said that they guarded the Dhaka-Maoya Road to avert untoward incident.
Dakkhin Keraniganj Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) said that Police increased watch on the Dhaka bound buses to check sabotage ahead of the rally.