Transport workers block road for 4hrs
Transport workers yesterday demonstrated by blocking Dhaka-Sylhet highway at Lalabazar in Dakshin Surma upazila in Sylhet for four hours protesting an attack on a CNG-run auto-rickshaw driver.
To bring the situation under control, police fired rubber bullets and charged them with batons, injuring at least 15 of the workers.
Sylhet Metropolitan Police Additional Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Rahamat Ullah said the demonstrators set fire to tyres on the road around 9:30am, creating a traffic jam.
Over 200 workers, including auto-rickshaw drivers, joined the protest after local goons beat up driver Shafique Mia with iron rods and sticks around 7:00am at Lalabazar, he said.
He came under the attack over previous enmity with a local man, he added.
Shafique was immediately rushed to MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.
Police had to take action as the law enforcers and locals failed to quell the situation, Rahamat Ullah said.