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Transport workers block Dhaka-Mymensingh highway for 2hrs

  • Published at 03:03 pm November 19th, 2019
Gazipur transport strike
File photo: Transport workers protesting on the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway in Gazipur on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Dhaka Tribune

The workers vowed to continue with the protests until the law is repealed

Police have dispersed protesting transport workers who kept the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway blocked for two and a half hours.

“The protestors have been dispersed from the highway. The traffic flow has returned to normal,” said Mawna Highway Police Sub-Inspector (SI) MA Hashem on Tuesday afternoon.

The blockade caused immense sufferings to commuters on the highway.

Agitated transport workers at the blockade on the Dhaka-Mymensingh in Sreepur upazila in Gazipur | Dhaka Tribune

Earlier at 8am, the protesters put up a barricade at the Mawna intersection along the highway in Sreepur Upazila, demanded for the cancellation of new road transport law.

The workers vowed to continue with the protests until the law is repealed.

Abdul Rahim, driver of the Takwa transport at Mawna intersection in Sreepur, said the government had given us a light driving license.

He said: "At present we have to use a heavy driving license. Otherwise, they will fine us Tk15,000 to Tk20,000. If the government had told us this before, we would have availed the heavy driving license."