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Transport strike called off

DHAKA - The plying of motor vehicles is becoming normal in the city and elsewhere across the country as the indefinite transport strike was called off this afternoon after two days, putting an end to immense sufferings of the people.

Earlier today, the High Court (HC) ordered the authorities concerned to bring normalcy in traffic movement within 24 hours upon a writ petition filed challenging legality of the countrywide transport strike.

Transport workers have started plying all modes of vehicles, including long-route buses from the major bus terminals at Gabtali, Mohakhali and Sayedabad following the request of Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan.

"I have fervently called upon the transport owners and workers to start plying vehicles from now. I hope the traffic movement across the country will be normal," Shajahan Khan told a press briefing after coming out of a meeting with transport owners and workers at the office of Bangladesh Sarok Paribahan Malik Samity at BRTC Bhaban at Motijheel in the city this afternoon.

Earlier at 11 am, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Law Minister Anisul Huq, State Minister for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives Md. Moshiur Rahman Ranga held a meeting with leaders of transport owners' association at secretariat.

After the meeting, Obaidul Quader, also general secretary of ruling Awami League, told newsmen that the transport owners' association assured them of finding a way to end the transport strike by today considering sufferings of the people.

The countrywide strike was called in protest against the recent court verdicts awarding death sentence and life-term imprisonment to two drivers in two separate cases filed for killing a woman at Savar and five others including film director Tareque Masud and journalist Mishuk Munier in Manikganj.

Transport workers took to the streets and put up barricades on roads and highways that halted traffic movement creating immense sufferings to the people.

Sporadic clashes, damage of vehicles and arson marked the strike in two days.

Transport workers set ablaze a police box and a police wrecker and damaged a number of vehicles at Gabtali in the capital. Several policemen and workers suffered injuries in the clashes. Police picked up several workers from the places of occurrence.

"Legal actions will be taken against the people who were involved in torching a police wrecker and police box and damaging vehicles at Gabtali," Home Minister Adaduzzaman Khan said while replying to a question of newsman after a function at Mirpur Police Staff College.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)