Vehicular traffic on the busy Dhaka-Aricha highway came to a halt for nearly an hour on Friday, as candidates seeking admission to seven colleges under Dhaka University blocked the high-speed corridor in protest against the indefinite nation-wide bus and truck strike.
The admission seekers gathered on the Dhaka-Aricha highway around 8am and blocked both its carriageways, halting traffic. This was after they faced trouble reaching the entrance examination centers owing to the public transport strike.
Abrar Hossain, a student protester, said, “I left my home in the wee hours of Friday for the DU exam centre. After reaching Jahangirnagar University, I had to pay extra to an auto-rickshaw driver who dropped me at Savar bus stand, where I found scores of admission seekers like me waiting for a public bus."
Tasnia Rahman, eyeing for a seat at Begum Badrunnesa Government Women's College, said “I had hired a private car to go to the exam centre, but got stuck in the Shimultala area due to the demonstration.”
Kazi Mainul Islam, officer-in-charge of Savar Model Police Station, said traffic movement became normal around 9am, following police intervention.
Overall, commuters across Bangladesh had a harrowing time on Friday as bus owners and transporters began an indefinite nation-wide strike in protest against fuel price hike.
In Dhaka, not a single long-distance bus or goods carrying vehicle left any terminal as the protesters laid siege to the bus bays.