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Sporadic violence marks Rajshahi hartal

RAJSHAHI, Mar 5, 2013 (BSS)- Pro-hartal picketers attempted to block roads and railways with burning tyres here in the beginning of the dawn-to-dusk hartal sponsored by BNP today.

SM Rezaul Islam, Officer in-Charge of Rajpara Police Station, told the journalists that the pickets placed a burning tyre on the rail track to obstruct the rail movement at Boharampur area in the early morning, but police cleared it with the support of local people.

He said the pickets also tried to block several city roads with burning tyres in the morning.

Some picketers set fire the office of Awami League (Ward-3) at Bilsimla area of the town at around 5:30am, OC said..

"The picketers fled away from the scene. Fire fighters brought the fire flames under control. Some portions of the office were damaged in the burnt."

Leaders and workers of the District and city units of BNP ant its front organizations brought out processions in the city this morning.

Meanwhile, a medicine laden pick-up truck was burned down late Monday night at Binodpur area near to Rajshahi University at around 11:30pm.

At least 12 locally made hand bombs were exploded in the area.