Thakurgaon, Apr 25 (UNB) – Transport workers went on an indefinite strike in eights districts of Rangpur division on Thursday morning, demanding justice for their fellow who was beaten dead allegedly by Detective Branch (DB) police in Chattogram on April 22.
Abdul Jabbar, general secretary of Thakurgaon District Motor Workers Union, said the strike was enforced following the decision of Rangpur Divisional Workers Union protesting the killing of bus driver Jamaluddin, a resident of Dash Mile in Dinajpur district.
Movement of all modes of motorized vehicles including long-route buses have been suspended following the strike, causing immense sufferings to the commuters.
The workers also halted plying of auto-rickshaws and microbuses after taking position at different points in the district.
UNB Panchagarh correspondent reports: Movement of all kinds of vehicles remained suspended from Thursday morning in the district, causing untold sufferings to the commuters.
Jalal Uddin, 50, a driver of Shyamoli Paribahan and hailing from Dinajpur, was beaten to death allegedly by DB police members on April 22 at Shantirhat area of Patiyaupazila of Chattogram district.
Chattogram, Apr 25 (UNB) – Transport workers have suspended their 24-hour strike on Thursday after the local administration promised to swiftly arrest criminals who beat a bus driver to death in Patiya.
Workers took the decision at an emergency meeting at noon, said Oli Ahmed, general secretary of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF) Chattogram regional committee.
They met district administration and superintendent of police at the circuit house on Wednesday night. Following their assurance, the transport leaders held a meeting today and decided to suspend their strike from 12pm to May 5.
The strike that began at 6pm Wednesday disrupted road communications between the district and the rest of the country, causing sufferings to commuters.
However, vehicular movement has become normal after 12pm today.
Earlier, a regional committee of BRTWF announced the strike in two phases - one from 6pm Wednesday to 6pm Thursday on 68 district routes connecting Chattogram and 19 local routes.
General Secretary of the workers’ body Mohammad Musa said that the second phase of the strike will be enforced on all routes of five districts in the division for another 24 hours on April 28.
The protesters demanded immediate arrest of the killers and bringing them under trial.
A group of men, identifying themselves as DB members, stopped a Shyamoli Paribahan-NR bus in Patiys’s Shantirhat to search for Yaba around 8pm on Monday, Bablu Ahmed, the company’s regional unit manager, said quoting bus supervisor Azim Uddin.
They dragged driver Jalal Uddin, 50, out of the vehicle and beat him up, leaving him severely injured, he said. Later, doctors declared the driver dead when he was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital.
Chattogram, Apr 25 (UNB) – Four brick kiln workers were killed and two others injured when a wood-laden truck ploughed through a house at Islampur in Rangunia upazila early Thursday.
The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.
Imiaz Ahmed Bhuiya, officer-in-charge of Rangunia Police Station, said the accident took place around 4 am when the truck ploughed through a makeshift house made for brick kiln workers after its driver lost control over the steering, leaving four workers dead on the spot.
The six workers hailing from Hatiya upazila in Noakhali were asleep at the house when the accident occurred.
On information, police recovered the bodies and sent those to Chittagong Medical College and Hospital morgue.