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AROUND a dozen people were injured and 20 detained in renewed clashes between police and activists as a blockade aimed at derailing upcoming elections paralysed much of the Bangladesh for a second day 

A Reuters cameraman said violence continued despite the deployment of extra forces, with police using batons and teargas to disperse the stone-throwing supporters of a multi-party alliance which has boycotted the January 22 ballot. 

About 70 people, including police, were injured yesterday, the first day of the three-day blockade. 

Today, buses and trucks did not operate, deliveries from the ports were suspended and most businesses closed, witnesses said. 

Some taxis and rickshaws were operating within the capital Dhaka but alliance activists manned strategic points to prevent vehicles entering and leaving the city, they added. 

The alliance, led by former prime minister Sheikh Hasina, head of the Awami League, called for the blockades in protest at what it sees as the interim Government’s inability to hold a free and fair vote. 

The mega alliance is demanding the resignation of Ahmed as the head of the caretaker government.

They also want a new election schedule after correcting the disputed voters’ list scrapping the current schedule setting January 22 for the voting.

The initial two-day railway, waterway and road blockade was extended by another day after Ahmed put his foot down saying polls would be held as planned. 

 

 

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