They demanded the withdrawal of the 65-day fishing ban imposed on May 20
Traffic movement on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway was halted for about two hours when fishermen blocked the road in Sitakunda upazila, demanding the withdrawal of the government-imposed fishing ban in the Bay of Bengal.
Several hundred people from the Matshyajibi Jele Somproday organization came out to the streets around 10am on Sunday, reports UNB.
Halting vehicular movement caused immense inconvenience to commuters returning to their workplaces after Eid-ul-Fitr vacation.
Locals said the fishermen had gathered on the road as part of their pre-announced programme. They put up barricades and demonstrated, demanding the withdrawal of the 65-day ban imposed on May 20.
The government had said it would provide 40kg of rice monthly to the families of each of the 4,14,784 fishermen, in 42 upazilas of 12 coastal districts, during the ban from May 20 to July 23.
But Liton Das, president of Uttar Chattarala Coastal Fisheries Cooperatives Jaldas Welfare Federation, accused the government of not arranging any alternatives for them.
"This has pushed 50,000 families of fishermen towards uncertainty," he said, threatening to intensify their movement if their organization’s demand was not met.
Sitakunda Upazila Nirbahi Officer Milton Roy said: "We cajoled them into ending their blockade and arranged their meeting with the deputy commissioner."
Vehicular movement resumed around noon.