Motor workers go for wildcat strike in Rangpur

New Age Online

rangpur-500Rangpur Motor Workers Union went on an indefinite strike on Monday morning protesting policemen’s attack on two of their workers.
Police said it was a feud between some auto-rickshaw pullers and local bus workers when both the parties engaged in a scuffle Sunday night at Amtoli, some 15 kilometer off the main city. It was then the law enforcers charged batons to disperse the trouble makers.
Inter-district buses that originate in Rangpur or pass through the district from the neighbouring districts did not operate since the morning, bus operators said.
Traffic remained halted in 40 routes of the district. Passengers riding buses from Lalmonirhat, Kurigram, Dinajpur, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon and Nilphamari districts were in painful states as the vehicles stranded in many places.
Rangpur Motor Workers union president Tajul Islam Mukul said police beat and assaulted two motor workers on Sunday night at Amtoli area under Pirgachha upazila of the district. They also fired blank shot to create panic among the workers. The strike will continue until any action against the policemen (who assaulted the workers), were taken, he said.
Many Dhaka-bound passengers were seen heading home back at Kamarpara of the city.
A manager of Hanif Paribahan who did not identify himself, said, they had to cancel a number of services on numerous routes on Sunday due to the indefinite strike in the eight districts.
A senior police officer of Rangpur detective branch police, Shariful Islam, said, they just dispersed the conflicting workers at Amtoli area on Sunday night.  Nothing more happened, he claimed.

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