BNP rally: Commuters suffer as launch, speedboat services suspended in Barishal


Launch and speedboat services have been suspended in Barisahl district, causing suffering to commuter.


Speedboat movement was halted on Wednesday evening while launch on Thursday morning amid BNP’s allegation that launch owners went on the sudden strike as per the government’s directive ahead of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s (BNP) divisional rally slated for November 5.


Kabir Hossain, inspector of river security and traffic management department of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA), said local people carried out an attack on a launch named ‘Awlad’ and the launch owners enforced the strike protesting the incident.


The launch and speedboat services will remain halted till November 5, he said.


However, the launch services on Mehendiganj and Maju Chowdhuryrhaat routes remained undisrupted, he said.


No launches on Barishal-Bhola route have left Barishal River Port and DC ghat since morning.


However, the launch and speedboat owners did not disclose any reason behind the strike.


Saiful Mridha, a launch passenger said “I have come to the launch ghat to go to Bhola in the morning but I did not find any launche and speedboat operating since morning.”


The UNB correspondent found a number of passengers waiting at Bheduria ghat in Bhola for speedboat.


Earlier, three-wheeler drivers in Barishal called a strike on November 4 and 5 demanding the authorities concerned allow three-wheelers to operate on the highway.


The strike has coincided with the upcoming rally of the BNP while bus owners in the district have announced a similar strike on the same dates.


The rally in Barishal will be the 5th one by the BNP at the divisional level as four others were held in Chattogram, Mymensingh, Khulna, and Rangpur.


Source: United News of Bangladesh