MNA National Desk: The eight-hour hartal, enforced by the left-leaning parties, protesting the fresh power price hike, is underway on Thursday.
The shutdown that began at 6:00am will continue till 2:00pm.
The Communist Party of Bangladesh, Socialist Party of Bangladesh and the Ganatantrik Bam Morcha have been holding protest marches at various locations, including the Paltan, Press Club, Gulistan and Dainik Bangla intersections, as part of their general strike to demand the retraction of the ‘anti-people’ price hike.
There have been no reports of major disturbances since the strike began. Police officials say traffic is regular in all areas except the Shahbagh intersection. Significant number of law enforcers was deployed at important points of the city to fend off any unwanted incidents.
The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission announced the hike in power price on Oct 23, prompting the leftist parties to announce protests.
BNP later threw its weight behind the strike. The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports also announced its support for the protests.