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Kuakata hotel owners go on indefinite strike

  • Our Correspondent
  • 18 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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KUAKATA: Hotel and restaurant owners in Kuakata on Wednesday embarked on an indefinite strike in protest against the frequent raids carried out by mobile courts.

Md Selim Munsi, president of the Hotel and Restaurant Owners Association, said, “We will not call off our strike until these illegal raids are stopped.”

“Executive magistrates conduct raids almost every day in the area and fine us without any major reason, causing huge financial losses to us,” he added.

“We are being harassed by the mobile courts and have no option but to shut our hotels,” he said.

On August 11, a restaurant named Al Madina was fined Tk 25,000. Though the owner sought 15 days to fix the violation, he was again fined Tk 30,000 on Tuesday (Aug 16).

When the restaurant owner could not pay the fine, he was detained for some time, Munsi alleged.

“If the local administration takes measures to resolve the problem, we will reopen our restaurants,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kuakata municipality mayor Anwar Hossain said, “We will talk to the authorities concerned over the issue.”