Transport workers call off indefinite strike in Dinajpur

Transport workers in Dinajpur called off their indefinite strike on Thursday afternoon several hours after enforcement protesting the arrest of eight fellow workers and the attack on a transport leader.

Fazle Rabbi, general secretary of the district Motor Transport Workers’ Union said they decided to withdraw the strike after Dinajpur Superintendent of police assured them of fulfilling two of their key demands in a meeting with the transport workers’ union leaders and transport owners.

The two key demands were taking legal action against the human hauler (Paglu) drivers who attacked Baluadanga bus stand general secretary Dablu and submitting final report to court regarding the seven arrested ambulance drivers of M Abdur Rahim Medical College Hospital in a case filed over clash with police on Wednesday, he said.

Transport workers started removing barricades from the roads from 3:40 pm and the hundreds of stranded goods laden trucks started for their destinations around 5 pm.

Anwar Hossain, Superintendent of Dinajpur Police, said the strike was withdrawn after an agreement with the transport workers.

Police arrested eight transport workers including Ambulance Drivers’s Union general secretary Mainuddin following separate clashes among ambulance drivers and police and human hauler (Paglu) drivers and transport workers in Baluadanga Thursday night.

As police did not release the detainees till morning, transport workers called for an indefinite transport strike in the district.

Source: United News of Bangladesh