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Bangladesh capital tense after rally blocked ahead of election and opposition boycott

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    Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) lawmakers are shot water cannon by police during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Security forces and opposition activists clashed in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to foil a mass rally calling on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) (The Associated Press)

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    Lawmakers of Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party shout slogans from inside the High Court premises as police use water cannon to disperse them during a protest in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Security forces and opposition activists clashed in Bangladesh's capital on Sunday, leaving at least one person dead, as thousands of police took to the streets to foil a mass rally calling on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad) (The Associated Press)

The capital of Bangladesh remains tense, a day after security officials foiled an opposition move to hold a rally in defiance of a government ban.

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and its allies had planned a mass gathering in Dhaka for Sunday but police barred Zia from leaving her home while cordoning off the venue in front of the party's headquarters.

The rally was planned to force Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to cancel upcoming elections and hand over power to a caretaker government to oversee the vote.

Security officials also put barricades at entry points into Dhaka, and kept public transports off the streets across the country on Sunday, making it difficult for Zia's supporters to move.