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Transport workers̢۪ bid to besiege Khaleda̢۪s house foiled

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A group of transport workers demonstrates against the countrywide political violence at Gulshan 2 circle in Dhaka after police intercepted them from submitting a memorandum to opposition leader on Thursday. — New Age photoA group of transport workers demonstrates against the countrywide political violence at Gulshan 2 circle in Dhaka after police intercepted them from submitting a memorandum to opposition leader on Thursday. — New Age photo

A group of transport workers on Thursday took a move to lay siege to the house of opposition leader Khaleda Zia at Gulshan in protest at the ongoing blockade that affected their livelihood.
The police, however, obstructed the procession at Gulshan-2 intersection on way to Khaleda’s house in Gulshan diplomatic zone.
The BNP-led 18-party alliance has been continuing with the third spell of countrywide blockade from November 26 demanding cancellation of the schedule for the 10th parliamentary elections slated for January 5.
Witnesses said that under the banner of Motor Sramik Oikya Parishad, some 100-150 workers brought out a procession from Banani about 12:00 noon.
The transport workers also staged a sit-in at Gulshan-2 intersection for half an hour after the police prevented them from proceeding towards Khaleda’s house.
Oikya Parishad convener Mojibur Rahman said that the transport workers were facing great hardship due to the opposition’s blockade.
‘We have no alternative but to run vehicles on the roads to earn livelihood… the BNP chairperson is hindering our income and livelihood with the blockade,’ he said.  
Earlier on December 2, the police foiled a move of a group of transport workers, led by pro-Awami League Motor Sramik League, to lay siege to Khaleda Zia’s residence in protest at the ongoing blockade.
On November 10, then minister for home affairs MK Alamgir said the government feared that the people irked by the opposition’s ‘immoral shutdown’ would attack the house of Khaleda.
Badiuzzaman Shohag, president of Bangladesh Chhatra League, the student wing of ruling Awami League, also threatened to blow up the house of Khaleda Zia.




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