Transport workers on indefinite strike in Satkhira | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 21, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, March 21, 2011

Transport workers on indefinite strike in Satkhira

Transport workers went on an indefinite strike on all eight routes of the district yesterday protesting the filing of a 'false' case against two leaders of truck workers' union.
Movement of transport including buses on Satkhira-Khulna highway and other roads came to a halt following the strike.
Sufferings of hundreds of commuters including government and non-government officials and staffs, students and traders mounted for lack of common modes of transport.
Satkhira bus-minibus owners' association president Saiful Karim Sabu said former general secretary of district truck workers' union Abul Kalam Azad filed an extortion case against Itagachha truck workers' union general secretary Abdul Aziz Babu and vice-president Azizul Huq with chief judicial magistrate court on March 5. Azad is a charge sheeted accused in a murder case, he added.
Leaders and workers of five transport workers' union have been demanding withdrawal of the case, sources said.
Bus, truck and minibus workers held a meeting on Saturday, termed the case 'false' and announced the strike.
They demanded immediate withdrawal of the case and arrest of Abul Kalam Azad.
They also threatened to announce a greater action programme if their demand is not met immediately.
Satkhira deputy commissioner (DC) said he called a joint meeting of the aggrieved parties in the evening to resolve the matter.

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