Khulna, May 8 (UNB) – Workers of nine jute mills in Khulna continued their strike for the third consecutive day on Wednesday demanding payment of their dues.
They took to the street in front of their respective mills in the morning.
They will also observe road and rail blockade programme from 4pm to 7pm today, said Md Murad Hossain, convener of Jute Mill Workers League of Khulna-Jashore region.
The workers of Platinum Jute Mill stopped work around 6pm on Sunday and then workers of other mills in Khulna and Jashore suspended their production.
Workers’ wages of 11 weeks and other employees’ salary of four months are overdue.
Earlier, it was decided in a meeting with the Ministry of Jute and Textiles and Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation that the outstanding wages will be paid within April 25. But the promise was not fulfilled.
On April 2, workers of state-owned jute mills observed a 72-hour strike in Khulna region to press home their nine-point demand.
Chattogram, May 8 (UNB) – Two Rohingya youths were arrested from Firingi Bazar on Tuesday night for carrying 2,000 Yaba pills.
The arrestees were identified as Mohammad Hossain, 20 and Sultan Islam, 18.
Tipped off, a police team intercepted a Dhaka-bound bus of ‘Saudia Paribahan’ from Cox’s Bazar and arrested the duo around 11:30pm, said Mohammad Mohsin, officer-in-charge of Kotwali Police Station.
They also recovered Yaba pills kept inside the sole of their shoes.
Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – A suspected drug dealer was killed in a reported gunfight with Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in city’s Agargaon area early Wednesday.
The identity of the deceased could not be known immediately.
Sources at Rab headquarters said a team of Rab-2 had asked a group of people to stop at a check-post in Agargaon but the criminals opened fire, triggering a skirmish.
The suspected drug dealer was killed during the gunfight, the sources said.
Rab recovered 500 bottles of phensedyl, a private car and a pistol from the spot.
Dhaka, May 07, 2019 (UNB) – Hawkers of Gulistan area of the capital took their position in front of Dhaka South City Corporation’s Nagar Bhaban, after failed to meet the Mayor of Dhaka South regarding the issue of the eviction of their businesses from road. As a result they blocked the traffic of entire Gulistan, which created massive traffic jam in multiple areas inside the city.
The hawkers, who were evicted from Bangabandhu area approximately four months ago, started blocking the roads with WASA's sewer pipes from Zero Point to the Abdul Ghani Road, facing the Secretariat. Later, they blocked the North South Road in front of the Golap Shah Mazar.
Due to the protest, traffic started to freeze since around 11 pm on Tuesday and it turned chaotic when the protest started to take over the road near Gulistan's Bangabandhu Square around 1 pm.
Traffic from Paltan to Sadarghat via Phulbaria, Gulistan to Motijheel, Gulistan to Dhanmondi via Paltan and Gulistan to Mouchak-Moghbazaar area went on freezing, soon afterwards.
Upon asking the reason behind the protest, a hawker said they had been taken off from the Bangabandhu Avenue for a couple of months now, and they were supposed to get the direction from the Mayor of Dhaka South on Tuesday regarding their fate. As they felt of being ignored, they had no other choices left than this blockage.
The protest left many people waiting for hours to avail transports towards their destinations. Those who were successful, they had to suffer later due to unimaginable traffic jam.
As it was the very first day of the holy month of Ramadan, many people helplessly suffered on the road in this scorching heat of summer and failed to have first iftaar with their families.
Thakurgaon, May 7 (UNB) – Three people, including the chairman of an agro company, have been arrested on charge of conning small entrepreneurs out of Tk 10 crore through fraudulent means.
The arrestees were identified as Swapnil Agro Service Limited chairman Salman alias Sunny, 32, his wife Rawshanara, 28, and nephew Abu Salem Rasel, 23.
Acting on a tip-off, police in a drive arrested them from Saidpur Airport on Monday while they were trying to flee abroad, said Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Detective Branch (DB) police, at a press conference on Tuesday noon.
Sunny allured some farmers of Dinajpur, Thakurgaon and Panchagarh to start lucrative turkey bird farming.
He sold baby turkey birds to them and after three months he took back mature birds from them but did not pay them.
Later, all of them went into hiding, the OC added.