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Khulna oil tanker workers' strike postponed

Attack on union leader leads to division-wide protest

Update : 29 Mar 2022, 11:17 PM

Oil tanker workers in Khulna, who previously went on an indefinite strike protesting an attack on one of their union leaders, have postponed it till next Saturday.

The decision was taken after a meeting with the deputy commissioner at the office of Khulna division's Tank-Lorry Workers' Union on Tuesday night.

Deputy Commissioner Moniruzzaman Talukdar and Director of the Department of Labor Mizanur Rahman was present there.

Mir Moksed Ali, president of the union, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

However, he announced that, if the perpetrators of the attack were not arrested, the movement would resume on Sunday.

Earlier in the morning, the agitated protesters halted fuel supplies and transportation from Padma, Meghna and Jamuna depots. As a result of the strike, the oil supply was cut off in 15 districts of Khulna and greater Faridpur.

The tanker workers refused to refill or transport oil from the depots and demanded the arrest of assailants who attacked their union leader Al Amin on Monday.

Mir Moksed said: “The workers have vowed to continue the strike until the assailants are arrested and brought to justice. They are currently demonstrating in front of the union office.”

On Monday, some people attacked Al Amin, line secretary of the union, in the Kashipur Banglar Mor area.

He was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital with severe injuries.

In response to the incident, workers blocked several roads in the city to protest the attack and dispersed around 4pm after receiving assurance from the authorities.

Meanwhile, a case was filed by Al Amin’s brother against two men and 12 unidentified people at Khalishpur police station, said Officer-in-Charge (OC) Md Kamal Hossain.

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