The countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal, enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami protesting the Supreme Court (SC) verdict that upheld the death penalty of war criminal Jamaat Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami, is underway peacefully on Thursday.
No procession or picketing was seen in support of the hartal in the capital city as of filing this report at 9:30am.
Presence of motorised vehicles was almost normal on the streets.
A large number of law enforcers remained deployed in different parts of the capital to fend off any trouble.
In a statement, Makbul Ahmad, acting ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami, and Dr Shafiqur Rahman, acting secretary general of Jamaat, on Wednesday announced the strike on its website hours after the SC order on the appeal of Nizami against his death penalty.
Ambulances, hospital vehicles and fire service and dead body carrying ones will remain out of the purview of the shutdown programme, the statement reads.
The SC on Wednesday upheld its previous judgment on Matiur Rahman Nizami rejecting the appeal filed by him challenging his death penalty for his crimes against humanity during the war in 1971, according to a news agency.