Polly Akter of DOT
Since yesterday morning Chittagong division transport owners enforced an indefinite strike, the division’s road communication with 12 districts has been nearly cut off, reports the daily star.
Yesterday the strike was enforced at 6am after a 72-hour ultimatum, which asked the authorities concerned to take steps to stop harassment and extortion by law enforcers, ended on Saturday night.
Immense sufferings are being caused because of the strike to 16 routes passengers as public vehicles were scarce in the city and different upazilas as well.
The affected districts include Cox’s Bazar, three hill districts Khagrachari, Rangamati and Bandarban, Brahmanbaria, Feni, Noakhali, Cumilla.
The strike was declared on Saturday night by the workers under the banner of Chattogram “Gono o Ponno Paribahan Malik-Oikya Parishad.”
Meanwhile, Belayet Hossain, member secretary of another faction “Chattogram Bibhagiyo Gono o Ponno Paribahan Malik-Shramik Oikya Parishad” said that they are against the strike and will stand up against anyone who is seen picketing and enforcing the strike.
On 4 September, “Gono o Ponno Paribahan Malik-Oikya Parishad” threatened to go on an indefinite strike unless authorities concerned take steps to stop harassment and extortion by law enforcers within three days.
They also placed a nine-point demand including not to use consumer rights act against transport workers, issuing license and updating those in a flexible condition.