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Gulistan hawkers return amid tensions

  • Published at 11:34 pm October 30th, 2016
Gulistan hawkers return amid tensions

The street hawkers and food vendors said they are afraid of further eviction drives although the DSCC has planned to temporarily shift them to the nearby Mahanagar Natyamancha.

Earlier on Thursday, hundreds of hawkers locked into clashes with policemen and DSCC officials following the eviction drive against illegal makeshift stores in city's Gulistan area.

Later, the DSCC authorities demolished several hundreds of illegal structures from Bangabandhu Square Underground Market, Dhaka South Trade Centre, Dhaka North Trade Centre, Gulistan Shopping Complex, Sergent Ahad Police Box and Fulbaria area with bulldozers, source said.

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On Saturday DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon made the announcement after a closed door meeting with all the ward councillors at the city corporation’s auditorium: “We have planned to temporarily to shift them to the available space in the Mahanagar Natyamancha. The hawkers may set up temporary shops there.”

They will be permanently relocated after a permanent alternative is been found.”

However, the hawkers and vendors demanded they be allow to set up shops on the footpath and until the authorities provide them available space.

Joynal Abedin, a street hawker from Comilla told the Dhaka Tribune: “The authorities have declared to launch further eviction drives and any protester will be arrested if they protest. We are helpless in such condition and urge the government to take initiative considering our interest.”

While talking with the Dhaka Tribune, Jafor Ahmed, a footwear vendor in front of Dhaka Trade Center told: “The authorities never take action against political leaders and individual beneficiaries of footpath business rather they are trying to evict us without any warning. Such initiative has no moral ground. Our family members have to starve if they launch eviction drive without shifting us to a alternative space.”

Demanding proper investigation into the matter, he added: “The footpath hawkers were not involved with Thursday's clash while a particular group was blaming us for it.”

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However, DSCC Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon was not available for comments over the phone, yesterday.

When contacted, Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Paltan Thana told the Dhaka Tribune that No case had been filed over the incident but police had issued a general diary (GD) in this regard.