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Transport workers call 24-hour strike in Chittagong over bus driver's death

  • Published at 02:24 pm April 24th, 2019
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Transport workers have alleged that the bus driver was beaten to death

Transport workers in Chittagong have called for a 24 hour strike protesting over the death of a bus driver allegedly by the Detective Branch (DB) of police.

The transport workers under the banner of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation (BRTWF) announced that the strike on Chittagong-Cox's Bazar-Dhaka and Bandarban routes would begin from 6pm on Wednesday.

Additionally, the transport workers also announced another 24-hour strike in five districts of Chittagong from 6am on April 28.

Transport workers alleged that some people identifying themselves as DB of police beat the bus driver— Jalal Uddin, 48—of Shyamoli Paribahan to death.

The incident took place at Shikalbaha Bridge area in Chittagong around 11:30pm on Monday. 

Azim Uddin, a supervisor of Shyamoli Paribahan, said: "We were on our way to Chittagong from Cox's Bazar on Monday, when seven people identifying themselves as DB men halted the bus and began searching inside. At one stage, they handcuffed the bus driver and began to beat him up indiscriminately. 

"They insisted that the bus driver had yaba pills in his possession. However, when the driver denied possession of yaba pills, they again began beating him up with sticks. Later on, they left the scene." 

Rabbi Hossain, assistant of the driver, said: "Another driver came and drove the bus to Chittagong. Critically injured, the bus driver was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital where the doctor declared him dead."  

CMP Deputy Commissioner (DB) Mizanur Rahman said: "No team from DB police went to the area that night."

Chittagong Superintendent of Police Noor-e-Alam said: "No DB team from district police conducted any drive in the area that night. However, as allegations have emerged, we will investigate the matter."

Oli Ahmed, Chittagong region general secretary of BRTWF told Dhaka Tribune that the people behind the death of the bus driver must be brought to book without delay.