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Transport strike called off in Chittagong, Pabna

  • Published at 09:05 pm September 2nd, 2019
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File photo of containers piled up in Chittagong port Dhaka Tribune

'Prime accused Masum surrendered before a Chittagong court in the  afternoon, after which police have taken him into custody'

Indefinite strike on several issues, called by the transport workers on Monday morning on the roads, and highways  in Chittagong, and Pabna were called off.

In Chittagong, workers demanding the arrest of the killers of a fellow worker called off their strike at Chittagong port, after the prime accused surrendered himself before a court in the afternoon.

Confirming the surrender, Chittagong Deputy Commissioner Elius Hossain said: "Prime accused Masum surrendered before a Chittagong court in the  afternoon, after which police have taken him into custody."

Md Main Uddin, president of Chittagong Prime Mover-Trailer Sramik Union said: "We have called off our strike around 2pm, after the prime accused surrendered himself."

Shipment of export-import containers between the port, and 19 private inland container depots (ICDs) were suspended from 6am on Monday when the workers went on strike.

Earlier on August 28, Shahjahan Saju, 48, a driver of Tahsin Enterprise, was shot dead inside one of its motor garages at Kalu Shah shrine area of Sitakunda.

Transport workers in Pabna called off their strike in the afternoon, hours after they enforced the strike demanding a pay hike.

Transport workers association took the decision after a meeting with Pabna-5 lawmaker Golam Faruk Khandaker around 5:00 pm, our Pabna correspondent reports quoting Alal Hossain, the district unit line secretary of the association.

Alal said they withdrew the strike following assurances from the lawmaker to meet their demand.

The transport workers enforced the strike this morning, halting vehicular movement in the district. Owing to the strike, passengers of different routes faced immense sufferings.