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City corporation cleaners return to work after 3 days in Barishal

The cleaners employed by Barishal City Corporation returned to work from Saturday evening after not working for three days.

The development came after the city Mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah made an earnest call to them to return to their posts on Saturday in a press conference.

He also urged the local administration not to harass the officials and employees of the city corporation at the press conference.

Jewel, a cleaner who came to clean up the garbage in the Bibir Pukur Paar area of the city said, “We have returned after three days listening to the plea of our city mayor. All the garbage shall be cleaned.”

Another cleaner, identifying himself as Biplob said,”We are in the midst of the terror of arrest.Still we have returned to work responding to our mayor and considering the misery of the city dwellers.”

Garbage piled up on the streets with no cleaners around as an uneasy calm prevailed in the city on Friday, two days after clashes broke out between supporters of the mayor and law enforcers leaving dozens of people injured.

On Friday, the weekend morning walkers were greeted with heaps of rotting and stinking garbage on streets across the city. Two large piles were found even on the Dhaka-Barishal highway disrupting traffic.

The city dwellers have been facing this situation for the past two days as the city corporation’s cleaners staged their version of a wildcat strike.

It is being seen as a fall-out of the violence on Wednesday night when dozens of activists from AL and its fearsome student front, Bangladesh Chhatra League, stormed into the residence of Sadar upazila nirbahi officer in a dispute over the removal of some banners from his office premises.

Tension mounted after the UNO and police filed two cases against 94 people in which city mayor Serniabat Sadiq Abdullah was named as the prime accused for the violence.

Meanwhile, the city residents suffered.

Fazle Swapan of Barishal Central Bus Terminal in Nathullabad area said that garbage remained dumped in the streets for the last two days. Normally the garbage would have been cleared every night but the cleaners stopped working after the clashes.

The transport workers, including supporters of the mayor, activists of Chhatra League and Jubo League, blocked the Dhaka-Barishal highway with buses in Rupatoli and Nathullabad Bus Terminal areas in the small hours of Wednesday.

The dumped garbage has not been cleaned from the streets since that night.

CNG driver Rubel said that from Kashipur to Amtala junction, he saw garbage dumped in the middle of the road and in front of the UNO office. “We are also having troubles in driving,” he added

Mahfuz of BM College Road area said that the garbage had piled up in the area for two days. It fills the air with a foul odour, and the strewn garbage piles also disrupt movement of vehicles, added Mahfuz.

Meanwhile, volunteers who normally help Covid jab seekers, moved out of 24 vaccination centres in the Barishal City Corporation area on Thursday.

UNB correspondent’s phone calls and SMS to Barishal City Corporation Chief Executive Officer Syed Farooq Hossain and Chief Cleaning Officer Dr. Rabiul Islam went unanswered.

Source: United News of Bangladesh