Dhaka detached from rest of country

Dhaka, Political Reporter (Md. Kamruzzaman):

All routes of leading to Dhaka on Sunday have been blocked by law enforcers in a bid to foil political anarchy in the capital as Awami League led alliance and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) led 20-party alliance are set to hold rallies scheduled on January 5 to mark the victory of democracy day by AL and killing of democracy day by BNP respectively.

Dhaka was detached from the rest of the country cancelling the trains and buses scheduled with different districts throughout the country without any previous and formal declaration from Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC).

After announcement of ban on rallies in Dhaka by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (BMP), bus and launch owners of Rajshahi, Rangpur, Munshiganj Natore, Barisal clogged down operations “fearing chaos over head-to-head rallies of ruling Awami League and the BNP.”

In Rajshahi, buses to Dhaka were stopped since 8:00am this morning.

“Buses have been stopped fearing violence on the streets,” Kamal Hossain Chowdhury, general secretary of local Motor Sramik Union, told our Rajshahi correspondent.

Buses from Natore to Dhaka were stopped suddenly from 10:00am with. Passengers were seen stranded waiting to board a bus at Kanaikhali and Harishpur bus stops.

Yahia Chowdhury, general secretary of Bus Minibus Owners Association, told our Natore correspondent that authorities decided to stop buses suspecting violence in the capital tomorrow.

In Rangpur, Sarak Paribahan Sramik Federation took the decision to stop service of long distance buses, an official seeking anonymity told our correspondent.

Meanwhile, passengers are suffering a lot as they could not travel following the bus owners’ decision to suspend long-route vehicle movement to Dhaka from Munshiganj.

In Barisal, riverine communication to Dhaka was halted sine fearing violence in the capital, Jakir Hossain, supervisor of Sundarbans Navigation Company, told our correspondent.

The suspension order will be effective from this evening in the district, he said.

In Pirojpur, our district correspondent reports that the authorities already suspended the launch service on Pirojpur-Dhaka river route from this afternoon.

“No bus departed for Dhaka after 11:00am from the terminal,” Palash, a staff of Dola Paribahan counter at Pirojpur bus terminal said adding that services will resume after instructions.

Source: BD Chronicle