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Sunamganj passengers suffer amid indefinite transport strike

Sunamganj passengers suffer amid indefinite transport strike

 

Sylhet Bureau

An indefinite transport strike enforced by Sunamganj transport workers union is underway in the district, suspending all types of long-distance buses demanding a renovation of Sunamganj bus terminal and protesting alleged police harassment.

No long-distance buses left the district since Friday morning, causing immense suffering to commuters.

As a result of the strike, bus services were suspended on 10 routes including Sunamganj, Dhaka, Comilla, Mymensingh, Netrakona, Chittagong, Gazipur, Sylhet, Chhatak, Jagannathpur and Dirai.

Sunamganj transport workers leader Sejaul Kabir said three buses had been parked on the road due to lack of space at the terminal. The buses had been seized by the police, he said.

In protest, they have been on a sporadic strike since Thursday evening. However, they went on an indefinite strike on Friday morning, he said.

Commuters said no long-distance bus had left Sunamganj for any destination including the capital Dhaka since Thursday night due to the strike. Because of this, passengers are suffering immensely. Many passengers went back after failing to find transportation.

Workers complained that instead of renovating the district central bus terminal, buses parked on the roadside had been seized and workers had been harassed by the police.

Earlier, a two-day strike was observed in Sunamganj amid BNP's divisional rally on November 19.

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