Buses ply in Barishal shut down for student-labor clashes
Published: 01:27 PM, 20 February 2021 Updated: 04:28 PM, 20 February 2021
The BU students took the streets demanding the inclusion of all the accused in the case of an attack on the students at the dormitory
The road transport system in South Bengal has come to a standstill due to the clashes between the transport workers and the students of the University of Barisal (BU).
The agitating students took the streets on the Dhaka-Kuakata Highway from 9:00 am on Saturday demanding inclusion of all the accused in the case of an attack on the students at dormitory.
On the other hand, Rupatoly bus workers also took to the streets to demand the release of two transport workers detained in the attack on students
Transport workers are protesting in front of Surovi Chattar in front of Rupatoly Minibus Terminal from 10:30 am.
Due to counter-program between students and transport workers, the Barishal commuters are suffering, resulting in the standstill of vehicle movements in 21 routes from Southern to Barishal.
“The matter is trying to resolve by talking with both the parties,” said Nurul Islam, officer-on-charge (OC) of Kotwali Model Police Station.
Transport workers had an argument with 2 BU students at the BRTC counter in Barishal on Tuesday morning. At one point, a worker stabbed one of the two students. Angered by the incident, the BU students blocked the Barishal-Kuakata Highway. Police later arrested the BRTC worker.
As a result of this incident, the transport workers attacked the BU students’ dormitory on Tuesday night. At least 25 students were injured. In this context, angry students blocked the Barishal-Kuakata Highway from Wednesday morning. At that time, they set fire to BRTC, Kuakata Express and another passenger bus.
Later, the university authorities filed a lawsuit for assaulting the students, demanding immediate arrest of the culprits and a three-point demand that such incidents do not happen again.