Sylhet transport workers suspend strike

They had blocked several roads which caused commuters to suffer

Transport workers suspended their unannounced strike after 3.5 hours, following an assurance from authorities that their demands would be met.

Mainul Islam, president of Sylhet District Road Transport Workers Coordinating Council announced the suspension of the strike at 10:30pm on Thursday.

At around 9pm, Sylhet District Awami League Acting President Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, and Sylhet city unit Awami League General Secretary Prof Zakir Hossain held a meeting with transport workers in South Surma area and assured them that the case against them would be withdrawn. 

Previously, transport workers blocked several roads in Sylhet at around 7pm on Thursday, demanding the withdrawal of the case against Sylhet District CNG Auto Rickshaw Workers' Union and some 35 others. 

They also demanded the resignation of Sylhet Metropolitan Police (SMP) Commissioner Nisharul Arif.

The sudden strike disrupted traffic and caused residents to suffer.

Earlier, Mainul Islam said: “The person who filed the case was expelled from the union a few days back. Police accepted the case without any investigation,” he claimed.

Kotwali police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Mohammad Ali Mahmud said that the workers have blocked the road without any logical reason. 

On September 14, a human hauler worker named Shahab Uddin filed a case with South Surma police station alleging assault and extortion.