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Transport workers in Chittagong, northern districts call off strike

  • Published at 07:53 pm April 25th, 2019
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Transport workers observed the strike since on Thursday morning, demanding justice for a fellow bus driver who was beaten to death Dhaka Tribune

The announcement came from Rangpur around 8pm, following a meeting chaired by  Dinajpur Deputy Commissioner, Mahmudul Alam

Transport workers in Chittagong and in eight districts of Rangpur have called off their strikes on Thursday afternoon.

The announcement came from Rangpur around 8pm, following a meeting chaired by  Dinajpur Deputy Commissioner, Mahmudul Alam. 

Additional Superintendent of Police Kajem Uddun, Aktar Hossain, President of Rangpur Bangladesh Transport Workers’ Federation’s (BRTWF), and members of nine other workers’ unions, were present at the meeting.

At the meeting, the deputy commissioner promised to compensate the victim’s family with a house and   monthly payments of Tk3,000.

He also said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is personally looking into the matter and will ensure that justice is served.

Transport workers in Dinajpur, Thakurgaon, Panchagarh, Nilphamari, Gaibandha, Joypurhat, Lalmonirhat, and Kurigram observed the strike since on Thursday morning.

Oli Ahmed, Chittagong region general secretary of BRTWF, said: "We had a negotiation meeting with Chittagong Deputy Commissioner (DC) Elius Hossain, and Chittagong Superintendent of Police (SP) Noor-E-Alam.

“Both the DC and the SP assured us that the people responsible for the death of the bus driver will be identified and brought to book. We decided to withdraw the strike following their assurances," said Oli.

The transport workers also decided to postpone the 24-hour strike till May 4 which was announced to be enforced in five districts of Chittagong from 6am on April 28.

The transport workers announced the strike on the Chittagong-Cox's Bazar-Dhaka and Bandarban routes was to start at 6pm on Wednesday.

Transport workers observed the strike since on Thursday morning, demanding justice for a fellow bus driver who was beaten to death, reportedly by the Detective Branch (DB) of Police in Chittagong.

Transport workers said some people identifying themselves as DB police beat Jalal Uddin, 48 ,a Shyamoli Paribahan bus driver, to death.