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Chittagong transport strike withdrawn

  • Published at 01:01 am October 26th, 2018
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Transport owners and workers enforced the strike from Wednesday night, protesting the jailing of a bus driver by a mobile court

Following assurances from the administration, bus owners on Thursday evening withdrew a strike enforced on the Chittagong-Rangamati-Khagrachhari route on Wednesday night.

President of Chittagong Transport Owners' Association Manjur Alam announced the decision following a meeting with the deputy commissioner, reports UNB.

Transport owners and workers enforced the strike from Wednesday night, protesting the jailing of a bus driver by a mobile court.

On Wednesday, a mobile court of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority, led by executive magistrate Md Deedarul Alam, sentenced the bus driver to three months in jail for not obeying traffic rules in Hathazari.

Bus services ceased on the Khagrachhari-Chittagong and Khagrachhari-Rangamati highways on Thursday morning, as transport workers began the strike in Khagrachhari to protest alleged torture of the transport worker by police in Hathazari, Chittagong.

General Secretary of Khagrachhari Paribahan Malik-Sramik Samannoy Parishad Yunus Miah told the Dhaka Tribune that all organizations had united to launch strike in solidarity with the workers of Chittagong union. 

Long-distance commuters were most impacted by the sudden halt of bus services.