Saturday, 02 Dec, 2023
Saturday, 02 Dec, 2023
The Daily Post
Second round of blockade

At least 40 buses torched in country

Staff Reporter

At least 40 buses torched in country


  • Kicking the lower class in the stomach
  • Small businesses counting losses
  • Investments may fall


Buses were set on fire in different parts of the country, including the capital, on the last day of the 48-hour blockade called by opposition parties, including BNP-Jamaat. Miscreants set fire to ‘Bikalpa Paribahan’ bus in the capital's Gulistan yesterday. The fire service received information about the fire in front of Bangabandhu Square Hall Market in Gulistan around 2:05 pm.

Lima Khanam, duty officer of the fire service control room, confirmed the matter. She said miscreants set fire to a bus of ‘Bikalpa Paribahan’ Transport in the capital's Gulistan. Two units of fire service brought the fire under control. On the first day of the blockade, from Saturday night to Monday afternoon, at least 40 vehicles were set on fire in different parts of the country, including the capital Dhaka. There were also incidents of throwing cocktails at police vehicles and vandalising some vehicles.

Seven buses have been set on fire in the capital since sunday morning. An attempt was also made to set a pickup van on fire. In the early hours of the morning, two buses were set on fire in front of Saddam Market in Matuail of Demra and Jurain Balur Field area of Shyampur. Later, a bus was set on fire at Mirpur-6 at 5:15am.

The next morning, miscreants set fire to a bus in Banspatti area of Meradia. Sabuj Mia, 30, a passenger of the bus, sustained burn injuries. Sabuj Mia is a bus driver by profession. A bus named Chaitali of Dhaka University was set on fire in front of Mirpur Bangla College around 4:45pm. However, the damage was averted as the fire could be extinguished immediately.

On that day, a passenger bus was set on fire at Banglamotor intersection around 6:30 pm. The incident took place in front of Banglamotor police box. Half an hour later, a bus of ‘Shikor Paribahan’ was set on fire in Mirpur-11 area. In both cases, the fire service rushed to the spot and doused the fire.

Meanwhile, miscreants set fire to a private car at Palashi intersection in the capital around 10:15pm. The car was abandoned and kept on the side of the road. At the same time, an attempt was made to set a pick-up van on fire in Karwan Bazar. The seat in the back of the pickup caught fire. The pickup dropped the sofa and left.

Miscreants set fire to two passenger buses in the capital's Mirpur yesterday. One of them is a bus of ‘Dishari Paribahan’, the other is of ‘Alif Paribahan’. A bus of ‘Dishari Paribahan’ was set on Fire on Mirpur-1 Zoo Road at 11am and another bus of ‘Alif Paribahan’ in front of Sony Cinema Hall at 4pm. Locals doused the fire. However, there was no damage, police said. Aminul Islam, officer-in-charge of Shahali Police Station, said two buses were set on fire in Mirpur within a few hours. There is no damage in the fire. We will find out who was involved in the incident. Earlier on Sunday afternoon, miscreants set fire to a bus of Dhaka University in front of Mirpur Bangla College. The bus was not badly damaged as the fire was immediately brought under control.

Though there was no incident of fire in Feni district, there was a scuffle between jubo dal leaders and activists and the police when they took out a protest march. However, due to police obstruction, they could not take out a protest march from the branch road to the main road. Feni District Jubo Dal President Zakir Hossain Jasim and General Secretary Nasir Uddin Khandaker led the procession.

Besides, a bus parked at Dhumpara intersection in Patenga in Chattogram was set on fire in the early hours of Sunday. The driver left the bus on the side of the road and went to offer prayers. Suddenly, two men in an auto-rickshaw came and poured petrol on the bus and set it on fire. The private car of Kabir Mia Khandaker, president of Upazila Tanti League, was set on fire at Habiganj Chunarughat around 10am. According to reports, some youths poured petrol on the private car and set it on fire and fled. Local people doused the fire. A fire broke out in an empty bus parked in Talempur area of Rupsa upazila of Khulna on Sunday.

Two vehicles, including a bus, were set on fire in Chattogram on Monday. At the same time, a covered van was vandalised. The incident took place at Atura depot under Panchlaish police station in the city and Anwara police station in the district this morning. Santosh Kumar Chakma, officer-in-charge (OC) of Panchlaish Police Station, said the protesters set fire to a CNG-run auto-rickshaw at Atura depot area of the city. Police rushed to the spot and brought the fire under control. The upper part of the roof of the CNG-run auto-rickshaw was burnt. However, there were no casualties. Meanwhile, a bus parked on PAB road (Patiya-Anwara-Banshkhali) on the north side of Chatri Chaumuhani Bazar in Anwara upazila was set on fire around 5am yesterday.

Gazipur: Miscreants poured petrol on a bus in Safipur area of Kaliakoir upazila of Gazipur and set it on fire. The incident took place on the Dhaka-Tangail highway in the early hours of Yesterday. According to the bus driver and locals, a bus of KP Paribahan was going to Konabari area of Gazipur City Corporation to bring workers of a factory in Kalampur area of Kaliakoir upazila.  Meanwhile, miscreants set fire to a goods truck in Rajshahi. The three escaped. Mohanpur Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Haridas Mol confirmed the matter.

On the one hand, due to the rise in the prices of essential commodities, on the other hand, small traders, drivers of vehicles and workers are facing financial crisis due to blockades and strikes. The common people claim that they are harmed every time due to the anger of political parties. They want a solution to such a problem.

A bus worker in Sayedabad said that the transport workers do not have rice in their stomachs due to the strike and blockade. He said hundreds of long-distance buses are parked in queues on the roads inside and outside the Jatrabari-Saidabad inter-district bus terminal. Most of the buses have doors and windows. Shariful Islam, a worker of ENA Paribahan, is sleeping under one of the buses to get a bed. "We were kicked in the stomach by the Hartal blockade," he said. We want to get rid of it.