Transport workers in Chandpur went on a wildcat strike on Monday morning halting bus services in the district in protest of a driver's death allegedly due to negligence.
The sudden stoppage caused huge sufferings to the commuters and long-distance travellers.
As many as 400 bus services on Dhaka, Cumilla, Lakshmipur, Sylhet, and Chattogram routes from the district remained suspended while workers vandalized a part of the municipal bus terminal during a demonstration.
Later police took control of the situation but the buses stood still at the terminal till writing this report, said police sources.
Due to the sudden suspension, the office and daily commuters had to pay double fare to reach their destinations by auto rickshaws or some other means.
Officer-in-Charge of Sadar model police station Md Abdur Rashid said, on Sunday a bus named Padma lost control and hit a roadside tree in Chandpur sadar leaving a child dead and 10 injured including the bus driver Mizan Molla, 30.
Severely injured Mizan was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital after giving primary treatment in district hospital but he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday night.
Angered by Mizan’s death the transport workers in Chandpur started demonstrating Monday claiming that the driver died due to lack of treatment. They also demanded solution for infrastructure problems in the terminal and resignation of transport leaders.
Police held a meeting with the bus owners and workers association to solve the issue. Municipal mayor will also hold a meeting with the transport workers’ representatives, said leaders of the workers Kamal Patwary and Faruque Dewan.