Several hundred rickshaw pullers brought out a procession and laid siege to the Pabna municipal office on Wednesday to press their nine-point demand, including issuance of more licences for new rickshaws.
They demanded municipal authorities’ action in ending harassment of the drivers running unlicensed rickshaws by police, in evicting illegal occupiers of roads to ensure hassle-free movement and allowing more rickshaws to ply the town roads.
The procession was brought out from Pabna Rickshaw Pullers Association office which besieged the municipal office for two hours after parading Abdul Hamid Road.
Paban District Rickshaw Workers’ Union president Sohrab Hossain, former president Pavel Hasan Jahangir, Rickshaw Owners’ Association president Abbas Ali, among others, addressed a rally at the municipal office.
Sohrab Hossain said, ‘Municipal authorities were not issuing licences for rickshaws and pullers. But these poor people have to drive rickshaws to earn livelihood. Rickshaw pullers are often harassed by police for not having licences.’
‘We have placed our demands to the authorities on October 20 but they were reluctant to solve the crises. If the authorities do not solve the crisis by November 10, we will go for tougher agitation,’ Sohrab said.
Pabna municipality panel mayor Faridul Islam Dalu, however, said that the municipal authorities did not want to allow more rickshaws in the town as it was facing huge congestion on roads.
Asked about the harassment by police, he said that the municipal authorities should not allowed plying rickshaws without proper licences.
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