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Bus services suspended following assault on magistrate in Tangail

The abrupt stoppage has been causing huge sufferings to daily commuters and long-distance travellers alike since Wednesday morning

Update : 19 Apr 2022, 12:29 PM

Transport workers have suspended bus and minibus services in Bhuapur upazila of Tangail in protest at the case filed over the recent assault on an executive magistrate.

The abrupt stoppage has been causing huge sufferings to daily commuters and long-distance travellers alike since Wednesday morning.

Many were forced to pay high fares to reach their destinations by rickshaws or some other means.

Police have been deployed in and around the district to avoid untoward incidents.

On Tuesday afternoon, Assistant Commissioner (Land) and Executive Magistrate Abdullah Al Rony was conducting a mobile court drive in order to take action against illegally parked public transports in front of the Bhuapur bus stand and the front gate of the Upazila Administration Office.

Two transport workers were sentenced to 15 days in prison and fined Tk5,000 each at the time.

Transport workers, outraged over the punishment, assaulted the executive magistrate.

Police later brought the situation under control.

A case was filed against the workers with Bhuapur police station in this connection.

Speaking on the issue, Khandaker Suruj Alam, general secretary of Bhuapur Upazila Bus Workers' Union, said: “The workers are observing a strike, out of fear of being arrested. We are trying to resolve the matter as soon as possible through discussions.”

Meanwhile, Bhuapur police station OC Md Abdul Wahab said the police were trying to arrest those involved in the assault on the public servant.

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