Khulna Divisional Transport Workers Oikya Parishad enforced an indefinite transport strike in 10 districts yesterday to press home their 5-point demand.
Vehicular movement remained off the 18 routes in the districts, causing untold suffering to the commuters.
The ten districts under the division are Khulna, Jessore, Narail, Magura, Jhenidah, Chuadanga, Meherpur, Kushtia, Bagerhat and Satkhira.
The demands include withdrawal of cases under 302 of BPC for road accidents, regular appointment of the transport workers, increase of salaries, steps to stop corruption and harassment at ferry ghats and stopping extortion on highway by police, report our correspondents.
The decision to go on work stoppage by transport workers for indefinite period was taken at a meeting held in Jessore on Tuesday, reports our staff correspondent in Khulna.
Presided by president of the Oikya Parishad Azizul Alam Mintu, the meeting was attended by leaders of 26 motor sramik unions of the ten districts.
The transport strike will continue till realisation of all the five demands in full, Mintu said.
Movement of all sorts of vehicles like buses, trucks, tank lorries, microbuses, pick-up vans and easy bikes stopped plying on all the routes of Khulna division yesterday morning in response to the call for strike.
Similar stories were filed by our correspondents in Kushtia, Jhenidah, Narail and other districts yesterday.
Our Jhenidah correspondent reports: Besides commuters, the vegetable growers of the district were badly affected due to the indefinite strike.
Vegetable farmer Abdul Malek of Bhutiargati village in Jhenidah Sadar upazila said, he could not sale his produces as he failed to take those to weekly vegetable market at Sailkupa yesterday.
In Narail, sufferings of passengers from remote areas knew no bound as all passenger buses, mini-buses remained off the road.
Jahangir Biswas, president of Narail Bus-Mini Bus Workers Association said that no vehicle will return to roads till their five-point demand is met.