BARISHAL: Launch and speedboat services have been suspended in Barishal district, causing suffering to commuter, reports UNB.
Speedboat movement was halted on Wednesday evening while launch on Thursday morning amid BNP’s allegation that launch owners went on the sudden strike as per the government’s directive ahead of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) divisional rally slated for November 5.
The launch and speedboat services will remain halted till November 5, he said.
However, the launch services on Mehendiganj and Maju Chowdhuryrhaat routes remained undisrupted, he said.
No launches on Barishal-Bhola route have left Barishal River Port and DC ghat since morning.
However, the launch and speedboat owners did not disclose any reason behind the strike.
Saiful Mridha, a launch passenger said “I have come to the launch ghat to go to Bhola in the morning but I did not find any launche and speedboat operating since morning.”
Earlier, three-wheeler drivers in Barishal called a strike on November 4 and 5 demanding the authorities concerned allow three-wheelers to operate on the highway. The strike has coincided with the upcoming rally of the BNP while bus owners in the district have announced a similar strike on the same dates.
The rally in Barishal will be the 5th one by the BNP at the divisional level as four others were held in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, and Rangpur.