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Indefinite transport strike underway in Chittagong

  • Published at 01:39 pm September 8th, 2019
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They called for the strike to press home their nine-point demand

A Chittagong-based transport owners’ association is observing an indefinite transport strike in greater Chittagong from Sunday morning to press home its nine-point demand.

The strike called by Chittagong Divisional Public and Goods Transport Owners’ Unity Association is being enforced from 6am on Sunday in nine districts under Chittagong division.

Manjurul Alam Manju, convener of the platform that called the strike, told the Dhaka Tribune that they issued a 72-hour ultimatum to fulfill their nine-point demand after holding a press briefing on Wednesday.

“However, our demands were not met within the specified time. We have been compelled to go for the strike to push for our legitimate demands,” said Manju.

He furthered: "We will be meeting with the mayor of Chittagong City Corporation, the deputy commission (DC) and the superintendent of police (SP) at the Circuit House around 2pm to discuss about our demands."

Imran Bhuiya, additional sp (admin) of Chittagong Police said: "They (the strikers) are observing a peaceful protest.

"However, adequate police personnel have been deployed to avoid any untoward incident." 

The transport owners’ demands include, among others: cancellation of extra fines by Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA); application of different sections of consumer rights laws by the district executive magistrate; no harassment by BRTA for updating documents of vehicles; no extortion by police on roads and highways; no fines for updating documents; and no confiscation and requisition of vehicles by highway police.