CNG-run auto rickshaw drivers call strike in Dhaka

CNG-strike-in-Dhaka_01_newsnextbdThe first spell of a 24-hour strike called by drivers of compressed natural gas-run auto rickshaws passed off peacefully in Dhaka on Sunday.

The drivers called the strike from 6 in the morning to press their seven-point demands including an end to the harassment by the law enforcement agencies. The strike is scheduled to end at 6 am Monday.

The capital city was less chaotic Sunday thanks to the strike with hardly any auto-rickshaw plying on the streets. City commuters, however, suffered.

The drivers arranged rally in Dhaka asking the authorities to bring to an end to the harassment by the law enforcement agencies.

The protester also demanded lowering the daily deposit for each three-wheelers from Tk 900 expenses.

“The strike is going on successfully. It will continue till tomorrow morning,” said Kamal Ahmed, secretary of Dhaka District CNG-run Auto rickshaw Drivers Union

He threatened for an indefinite strike from Monday unless their demands are met. They demanded stooping random fine and jailing by the mobile courts, immediate release of the drivers who have already been sent to jail and immediate distribution of 5,000 more CNG-run auto rickshaws among the drivers as part of improving quality passenger service.