During hartals and other programmes of the opposition, traffic subsides slightly in Gulshan. Today however things are very different. There are hardly any cars in Gulshan. The Rapid Action Battalion is present everywhere. In the space of 30 minutes, my car was searched twice in two different spots. Shops which would stay open during hartals and sieges etc are closed.

Gulshan Avenue on 28th Ocotber

There is a palpable feeling of dread. And a feeling that something is going to happen. Presently I have a hire car with a driver. They have been explicitly told to stick to the rules today ( I usually make them stray well outside of the safe confines of Gulshan during hartals and the like). Today the driver was not having any of it.

Hasan, the proposed head of the caretaker government, is off sick. That is quote unquote sick. And so we wait. A lot of people are hoping he will take care of himself rather than pretend to be a neutral caretaker of the country.