Dhaka – Activists after a brief clash with law enforcement agencies on Wednesday set a police car to fire in front of the Nayapaltan headquarters of opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, witnesses said.
The opposition activists locked into the clash with the police at the noontime after the lawmen asked them to keep the main road clear as hundreds of party aspirants and their supporters gathered in front of the party office to collect nomination forms for the next month’s parliamentary election.
Initially, they pelted bricks and the police retaliated with baton charge. They locked in chase and counter-chase for nearly 10 minutes.
Video footages show, the activists, at one stage, started vandalizing private vehicles parked in the area, and set a police car to fire. Police fired teargas to disperse the crowd.
Neither police nor the firefighters rushed to the scene surrounded by several hundred stick-wielding activists of the party.
The BNP began selling the party tickets on Sunday among the aspirants after the party, which boycotted the 2014 general election, decided to join the election, voting for which has been set for December 30.
Thousands of opposition activists gathered in front of the party office causing immense traffic congestion in the area. The election commission also asked the political parties not to violate the election code of conduct by organizing rallies or procession during the collection of the party nominations.