Bangladesh capital cut off to prevent protest march
December 31, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
DHAKA--Bangladesh's capital was cut off from the rest of the country Monday, with transport services into Dhaka halted to thwart the second day of a protest march against next week's elections.
With the opposition leader Khaleda Zia under de facto house arrest since last Wednesday, Britain's high commissioner became the first envoy to meet her, a day after police barred her from leaving the residence to address a rally.
As violence flared elsewhere in the country leaving one dead, bus, ferry and train services were again suspended and roadblocks kept in place around the capital to stop opposition supporters traveling to Dhaka for the banned march.
Dhaka-bound train services were suspended at the country's second largest city of Chittagong, platform officer Omar Faruq told AFP, as part of transport disruptions that started on Saturday.