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Wildcat transport strike in Ctg

Public sufferings mount

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Wildcat transport strike in Ctg
Commuters are seen waiting for public transport in Chattogram city on Thursday as a section of transport workers go for a sudden strike without any prior announcement. —SUN photo

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CHATTOGRAM: The sudden transport strike enforced by transport owners and workers protesting the alleged harassment by the law enforcers caused immense sufferings to port city dwellers on Thursday.

Movement of the transports, including buses and human haulers, in the city remained suspended since the morning.

Commuters, mainly the students and office goers, had to suffer and spend extra fares to reach their destinations with other modes of transports.

 Mentionable, members of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested five transport workers from the city’s Alongkar intersection for extortion from public vehicle on Wednesday.

 The transport owners and workers enforced the strike protesting the arrest and demanded release of the arrestees.

 College student Sayem Uddin said he had been waiting for an hour at Muradpur intersection to go to college. But, found no vehicle.  He had to hire a rickshaw paying double fares to go to New Market intersection, he said.  

 Chattogram district Road Transport Owners Association Secretary General Manjurul Alam Manju said they are facing harassment by the law enforcers in different ways. “The situation compelled us to enforce the strike,” he said.

 However, some vehicles were seen plying from the afternoon and the authority sat for a meeting with the protesters to solve the matter on Thursday afternoon.