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Nonstop transport strike in Sylhet : brings public suffering

hgjhAn Nonstop transport strike, imposed in Sylhet division on Tuesday has triggered immense suffering for commuters.

Inter-district transportation has been disrupted badly and vehicles including bus and truck were not seen plying. But in some local areas, light vehicles were seen carrying commuters and goods.

For this strike, people have fallen in grave torment and sufferings. Passengers are waiting for transports for a long time. Some have taken CNG-run auto-rickshaw to reach their destinations.

Since this morning, no transport has been leaving from city’s two main bus stations — Surma Central Bus Station and Kumargao Bus Terminal.

Moreover, different labor organizations leaders took their position in many parts of the city’s roads to halt vehicular movement.

Though Tuesday is the first day of the strike nationwide, it started in 10 districts of Khulna on Sunday after a bus driver was jailed for life over a 2011 accident killing five, including filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer Mishuk Munier.

On Monday transport union leaders met with Sylhet administration officials. After the meeting it was declared that the strike was over.

But the strike resumed after a nationwide call by the Bangladesh Transport Workers Federation, when a Dhaka court sentenced a truck driver to death over an accident in Savar, which had killed a woman.

“Workers were upset when a bus driver was given a life sentence over an accident,” Bangladesh Road Transport Owners’ Association Secretary General Khandker Enayet Ullah told that on Tuesday morning.

“We discussed on Monday and had almost resolved the issue, but later we came to know a Dhaka court awarded the death penalty to a truck driver over an accident.

“The aggrieved workers are now on an indefinite strike. We will discuss the matter with the government yet again,” said the transport sector leader.

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