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Case filed over newborn’s death amid transport strike

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:23 PM, 1 November 2018   Updated: 06:23 PM, 1 November 2018



A case has been filed accusing 170 unnamed transport workers over the death of a newborn child during a strike enforced by transport workers on October 28.

Victim’s uncle Hazi Akbar Ali filed the case with Baralekha Police Station on Wednesday night.

In the case statement, victim’s uncle Akbar Ali said the 7-day baby girl was taken to Upazila Health Complex on that day as she had fallen sick.

“Doctors at the hospital referred her to Sylhet for better treatment and they started for Sylhet in an ambulance around 10:00 am,” he said.

“But, some transport workers intercepted their ambulance first at Dasherbazar in the upazila for half an hour.”

“The ambulance was again halted by the some other transport workers at Chandgram in Beanibazar upazila of Sylhet when its driver was also beaten,” Akbar Ali said.

“As the baby’s condition got worsened, the demonstrators allowed the ambulance to move after one and half hours,” Akbar said, adding that seeing no movement of the baby at that time they took her to nearby Beanibazar Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared her dead.

Transport workers enforced a 48-hour strike across the country on October 28, morning to press home their eight-point demand, causing immense sufferings to passengers.