Police along with ruling party cadres are seen active in Dhaka as elsewhere in Bangladesh to thwart the countrywide non-stop 30-hour hartal (general strike) that Islamist parties are enforcing from 6 am today (Sunday).
The 12 parties are enforcing the hartal demanding restoration of "Absolute Faith and Trust in Allah" in and dropping of the word "Secularism" from the constitution, that has been amended recently in Bangladesh Parliament amidst boycott by major opposition BNP.
The 30-hour hartal is underway with full support from BNP and its allies including Jamaat-e-Islami.
Witnesses and hartal callers said police along with unruly ruling party cadres are active in capital Dhaka and other parts of the country. Brandishing firearms and other lethal objects they are publicly making attacks on the hartal supporters in presence of police.
It is learnt from different sources that at least 330 hartal supporters have been arrested across the country during first eight hours of hartal, beginning at 6 am, around 250 activists of Islamist parties have been injured in attacks by police and cadres belonging to party in power.
Five police have also sustained injuries during clashes with pickets in Dhaka and Narayanganj, police official said.