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Transport strike suspended

Tuesday, 11 November: Transport Owner-Worker Resistance Committee Convenor Md Jamir Ahmed announced their decision on Tuesday evening following a meeting with the administration.

He said the strike was being suspended after an assurance from the authorities that their seven-point demands would be met.

But Ahmed made it clear the strike would resume if the authorities went back on their word.

Sylhet Division Commissioner Sazzadul Hasan said they had promised necessary steps in the meeting with the transporters and workers.

Sylhet District Road Transport Owner-Worker Unity Council and Transport Owner-Worker Resistance Committee have been on strike since Tuesday morning, halting long-haul and inter-district bus services, much to people inconvenience.

They want auto rickshaws, lagunas and human-haulers kept off highways, preventing three-wheelers and battery-powered vehicles from moving on highways in keeping with High Court directives, end to police harassment of vehicle-owners, removal of corrupt officials in Sylhet BRTA office, and the inclusion of a transport owners’ representative in Sylhet BRTC committee.

Buses were back on the road in the evening after the strike was suspended.

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