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4 passenger buses torched in city

Staff Reporter:

Four passenger buses were set on fire at different areas of the city from Saturday evening to 8:30am yesterday as the 48 hours hartal started on Sunday morning enforced by BNP-Jamaat and its like-minded political parties.
However, no casualties were reported during the fire incidents, said Fire Service and Civil Defence official Mohammad Shahjahan Shikder.
“Around 8:30 this morning, a CNG run auto-rickshaw caught fire near city’s Kazi Alauddin Road after a cocktail was tossed inside it. On information, a Siddikbazar unit of fire service rushed to the spot and extinguished the flames,” Fire Service Media Cell official Talha bin-Jasim told .
“Two separate passenger buses were torched in city’s Gulistan toll plaza area around 7:40 pm and Mirpur Kafrul area around 6:50 pm on Saturday,” he added.
Another bus of Basumati Paribahan was set on fire around 11:58pm on Saturday on Mirpur Kalshi road as a bus of Moumita Paribahan was also torched around 11:47 pm in front of Dhanmondi Lab-Aid hospital in the city, the fire service official said.
According to Fire service statistics, a total 183 vehicles including- 108 buses, 20 trucks, 12 covered vans, eight motorbikes, three micro buses, three pick-up vans, three CNG run auto-rickshaw, three legunas (human hauler), two private cars, two trains, an ambulance, a nosiman (human hauler), a fire service truck and a police patrol jeep were set ablaze across the country since October 28 rally of BNP.
Five people including two fire-fighters, as well, sustained burn injuries in the fire incidents.

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