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Transport leaders agree to work on ending extortion

  • Published at 12:33 am June 5th, 2020
File photo of buses on a road Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Meeting between Bangladesh Police chief and leaders of transport workers’ federation decides

The transport leaders – representing the owners as well workers – of the country have agreed to put an end to extortion in the name of different organizations related to the sector.

This decision came after a meeting between the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed and leaders of the Bangladesh Road Transport Workers' Federation held at the Police Headquarters on Thursday.

The Police Headquarters, in a press release, said that the transport workers' leaders have agreed to stop extortion in the name of employers and workers' organizations in the transport sector.

In the meeting, other issues regarding the transport sector such as – no driving without a license, no unfit vehicles to be allowed to run, no human haulers (such as Nasimon, Korimon, and others) to operate on the highways, and to ensure discipline on the road at any cost – were also discussed.

The IGP called upon all transport owners and workers to work together to stop extortion in the transport sector so that with the cooperation of all discipline and order can be maintained on the road.

Moreover, all metropolitan commissioners and range DIGs participated in the meeting through videoconferencing. 

The IGP instructed them to abide by the issues discussed at the meeting.

Among others, MP and President of Bangladesh Road Transport, Workers Federation Md Shahjahan Khan, Vice President Sadekur Rahman Hiru and General Secretary Md Osman Ali, Additional IG Md Moinur Rahman Chowdhury, DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam, Additional IG of Highway Range Mallick Fakhrul Islam, and other police officials and labour leaders took part in the meeting.

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