Vehicular movement on Sirajganj-Dhaka route was suspended following the incident
In a clash that ensued between rival transport workers in Sirajganj, left at least 33 people injured, and 17 vehicles vandalized, on Saturday afternoon.
At least 15 trucks and two buses were vandalized in the clash, which took place on the New Dhaka road, in front of district truck workers union office.
Among the injured were, 20 bus transport workers, and 10 truck transport workers; they were admitted to Sirajganj Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib General Hospital, and various other local clinics.
Vehicular movement on Sirajganj-Dhaka route was suspended following the incident.
Sirajganj Sadar police station Inspector (Operation), Nurul Islam said: “Upon information, police reached the spot and brought the situation under control, however, three members of police were injured by projectiles from the clashing workers. They were given first aid. Additional police forces were deployed in the area to avert further clash.”
According to witnesses, around 11:45pm on Saturday, a scuffle ensued between two transport workers over the beating of a rickshaw-puller, as one of them was injured by the rickshaw.
Later, the violence escalated when large number of workers from both sides joined in, and clashed.
Sirajganj Sadar police station Inspector (Investigation), Rafiqul Islam said: “Previous enmity existed between the two groups of transport workers, due to the rising number of illegal bus counters being built and illegal truck parking in the area.”
District Motor Workers' Union General Secretary Ansar Ali alleged that truck workers triggered the clash.
Meanwhile, district Truck Workers’ Union President Aslam Uddin denied the allegation and said that a SI Paribahan bus driver triggered the attack.