DHAKA, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Bangladesh's main opposition Thursday called another round of nationwide non-stop 72-hour blockade from Saturday morning to press home its demand for a non-party caretaker government.
Salahuddin Ahmed, senior spokesman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), made the announcement of rail, road and waterway blockade through a video message sent from unknown location.
The announcement of the fresh blockade came hours before the end of the ongoing 131-hour non-stop blockade, which is to expire 5 p.m. Thursday.
Bangladesh's main opposition has been pushing for the postponement of the scheduled election.
No poll aspirant from ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia's BNP and its 17 allies including key Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party has submitted nomination paper. The deadline for submission of nomination papers was Dec. 2.
Former Bangladesh President HM Ershad, chairman of Jatiya Party, which was key ally of Hasina's Awami League (AL) party-led ruling grand alliance until last month, also directed his party leaders to withdraw their candidatures.
On Tuesday he announced that his party is not taking part in the general election slated for Jan. 5.
Former military strongman Ershad, who ruled the South Asian nation for nearly nine years from 1982 to 1990, cited the lack of proper atmosphere for not participating in the polls.
Ex-Prime Minister Khaleda Zia had earlier asked Hasina to bring back a non-party caretaker system, or else the opposition won't participate in the next election because it fears an election without the non-party caretaker government will not be free and fair.
Some 50 people, including nine on Wednesday, have been reportedly dead and hundreds others injured during roads, rail and waterways blockade which triggered wide spread violence since Nov. 26 in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
Like previous days, incidents of clash, arson, vandalism, chase and counter-chase, bomb explosions and detention were reported from many places in the country on Thursday.
A rickshaw-puller, who suffered bullet injuries three days ago during a clash between the ruling and opposition men, died at a hospital Thursday.
Thursday's stray incidents of violence, however left dozens of people including cops reportedly injured in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country.
At least two transport workers sustained burns, one of them critically as miscreants torched their vehicles during Thursday's blockade hours.
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