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    Anti-govt protest in BD leaves one dead, many hurt DHAKA, Sept 27: Police used batons to disperse protesters and a political activist was gunned down as
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      Anti-govt protest in BD leaves one dead, many hurt

      DHAKA, Sept 27: Police used batons to disperse protesters and a
      political activist was gunned down as Bangladesh was shut down by an
      opposition-called strike on Saturday.

      Police baton-charged some 50 women members of the Awami League who
      tried to break through a security barricade in Dhaka's Dhanmandi
      area, where their party's leader, Sheikh Hasina Wajed, lives.

      Police detained some of the activists. Protesters are generally
      released at the end of strikes.

      Elsewhere in Dhaka, three vehicles were torched on Friday night by
      suspected opposition activists, Channel I television reported. An
      Awami League leader in the southwestern Khulna district was gunned
      down by unknown assailants on Friday, officials said. Police said the
      victim, Tashar Hasan, was wanted for alleged past criminal activity.

      Khulna has been tense since Aug 25 when the president of the Awami
      League's local chapter in the industrial hub was shot dead along with
      a lawyer colleague and a rickshaw-puller. The town's streets were
      deserted on Saturday.

      Some 5,000 security personnel were deployed in Dhaka for the strike,
      which the Awami League called to protest what it says is worsening
      crime, corruption and rising prices of essential goods.

      Haris Chowdhury, senior political adviser to Prime Minister Khaleda
      Zia, said the Awami League had showed itself to be politically
      bankrupt by hurting the country with a strike but not having a major
      issue to protest.

      "We don't know if Awami League policymakers will realize this truth
      soon," he said in a statement.-AFP

      http://www.dawn.com/cgi-bin/dina.pl?file=top17.htm&date=20030928

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