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Two dead, 100 injured in second day of strike in Bangladesh

2012-04-23 14:21:11 GMT2012-04-23 22:21:11(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DHAKA, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Two people were dead and 100 injured Monday as security forces clashed with angry demonstrators in Bangladesh in the second day of the country's main opposition- called general strike protesting a politician's disappearance.

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told reporters that two party activists were killed in Sylhet district in police attacks.

Mohammad Shakhawat Hossain, police chief in Sylhet, some 241 km northeast of capital Dhaka, confirmed the death of one person in clashes in the district's Bisshonath sub-district, the constituency of the Organizing Secretary of BNP Ilias Ali who went missing on April 17.

Hossain could not tell immediately the exact number of people injured in Sylhet but said at least three law enforcers including the officer-in-charge of the Bisshonath police station in the district were seriously injured in violent clashes.

Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's 18-party alliance has enforced the strike across the country to demand the authorities search for Ali and his driver.

Sporadic clashes between opposition activists and police also marked the 12-hour strike in other parts of the country including capital Dhaka.

Life in Dhaka and elsewhere in the South Asian country almost came to a halt as the hartal entered the second consecutive day on Monday.

Small improvised bombs reportedly went off in many parts of Dhaka during Sunday's hartal, which is the 11th general strike enforced by the BNP since the ruling Bangladesh Awami League-led alliance came to power on Jan. 6, 2009.

Khaleda Zia blamed the government for Ali's "mysterious disappearance".

But Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has termed the disappearance of the BNP leader as a "new drama" and alleged that the opposition chief was trying to make it an issue for anti-government agitation.

Additional police have been deployed at different strategic points in the capital.

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