Dhaka, Nov 15: Rival activists clashed in a
northeastern Bangladesh city, leaving at least 20 people
injured, as widespread protests to force electoral reforms
crippled Bangladesh for a fourth day on Wednesday, witnesses said.
The violence occurred between supporters of former
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina in Sylhet city's
Chondi pool area, a witness, Humayun Rashid Chowdhury, told
a news agency.
The clash erupted after Zia's supporters attacked
protesters who were blocking the city's main railway station,
192 kilometres northeast of the capital, Dhaka, Chowdhury
Zia's supporters set seven motorcycles on fire
belonging to the protesters and damaged another 10 parked
near the scene, said another witness, Abdul Baten.
The political scene remained tumultuous today despite
warnings from business leaders about damage to the country's
economy and efforts by a caretaker government to end the
Dhaka, the capital city of 10 million people, has
remained cut off from the rest of the country since strikes,
blockades and demonstrations started on Sunday.
Tens of thousands of demonstrators blocked main roads
and rail lines across the country, while there has been
practically no trade at any of Bangladesh's sea or land ports.
An alliance of 14 political parties, led by the Awami
League, began the indefinite, nationwide strike and blockade
in an effort to force the removal of election officials they
call biased ahead of January elections.