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a barren Gabtoli bus terminal during the countrywide transport strike

SSC examinees sufferer badly as transport strike triggers travel chaos across country

WT24 Desk

The countrywide indefinite transport strike, enforced by Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, protesting the life term imprisonment of a bus driver in a case filed for a road accident that killed five people, including noted filmmaker Tareque Masud and cinematographer Mishuk Munier, entered the second day on Wednesday, Agencies report.

In the capital, no inter-district bus left Gabtoli, Mohakhali or Sayedabad bus terminals in the morning while very few buses were seen plying the city streets. The commuters, especially the SSC examinees, suffered badly in the morning for lack of adequate public transports.

They alleged that rickshaws and CNG-run auto-rickshaw drivers charged them excessive fares, taking advantage of the situation. In Gazipur, at least five people were injured in a clash between the commuters and transport workers at Station Road in Tongi in the morning.

The injured commuters and witnesses alleged a group transport workers locked into an altercation with them as they were waiting for vehicles, triggering the fight that left at least five commuters injured. Besides, transport workers, split into several groups, vandalised several vehicles, including a picnic bus and private cars at several points of the district.

In Chuadanga, transport workers brought out a procession in the morning and took position at the entry points of the district. Most SSC examinees had to reach their respective exam centers on foot as all modes of vehicles, including CNG-run and battery-run auto rickshaws, stayed off the road due to the strike.

Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation went on the strike on Tuesday morning protesting court verdicts that sentenced a driver to death and another to life imprisonment.

Khandaker Enayet Ullah, secretary general of Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation, said they will continue the strike until the government takes any step to ensure ‘justice’ to their fellowmen.

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