Truck drivers, vegetable sellers clash in Sylhet
At least 30 people were injured in a clash between truck drivers and vegetable sellers in front of a vegetable wholesale market in Sylhet's Sobhanighat area yesterday.
At one stage of the clash, the truck drivers also barricaded the Dhaka-Sylhet highway suspending vehicular movement for about five hours from 11:00am yesterday.
The injured were treated at Osmani Medical College Hospital.
According to witnesses a truck driver was arguing with vegetable sellers regarding loading and unloading of vegetables from trucks at the market. Agitated, the driver attacked Abdun Nur, president of vegetable Baboshayee Samity, who had gone there to settle the matter.
Following the assault, the vegetable sellers attacked the truck driver and it became a full-blown clash when other drivers became involved.
Soon, the truck drivers, using trucks, barricaded the Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Humayun Rashid Chowdhury Square creating tailbacks as vehicles were suspended on both sides of the barricade.
On information, president of Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Faruque Ahmed Misbah and Sylhet city mayor Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran reached the spot and assured both groups of settling the matter.
Rezaul Karim, deputy commissioner of Sylhet Metropolitan Police, said the road was cleared following assurance of settlement.