The transport workers of Chattogram have suspended their 24-hour strike on Thursday after the local administration promised to swiftly arrest those who had beaten a bus driver to death in Patiya.
Workers took the decision at an emergency meeting on Thursday noon, said Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation’s Chattogram regional committee general secretary Oli Ahmed.
The workers’ leaders met Chattogram district administration officials and the superintendent of police at the circuit house on Wednesday night. Following their assurance, the leaders held the emergency meeting and decided to suspend their strike from 12:00pm on Thursday to May 5.
The strike that began at 6:00pm on Wednesday disrupted road communications between the district and the rest of the country, causing immense sufferings to the passengers. Following the decision, the vehicular movement became normal after 12:00pm on Thursday.
Earlier, the road transport workers federation’s Chattogram regional committee announced a 48-hour strike in two phases – one from 6:00pm on Wednesday to 6:00pm on Thursday and the other from 6:00am on Sunday to 6:00am on Monday – on 68 district routes connecting Chattogram and 19 local routes.
The workers body’s general secretary Mohammad Musa said that the second phase of the strike, however, would be enforced on all routes of the five districts in the division on Sunday.
The protesters demanded immediate arrest of the bus driver’s killers and bringing them to justice. Shyamoli Paribahan’s bus driver Jalal Uddin, 50, from Dinajpur was killed at Patia on his way to Chattagram from Cox’s Bazar on Monday night.
The bus supervisor, Azim Uddin, alleged that the driver was beaten to death by 7-8 people who identified themselves as detectives.
The deceased’s brother Jewel Hossain filed a case with Karnaphuli police station on Wednesday evening against some unidentified persons, said the police station’s officer-in-charge Alamgir Mahmud.
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