There is deadlock in Greater Chittagong due to the 72-hour blockade called by like-minded parties and alliances including BNP and Jamaat, demanding the fall of the government. On the second day on Wednesday, the road highway of Chittagong region was almost empty. Total blockade is observed without any picketing. There are no heavy vehicles on the Dhaka-Chittagong highway, which is the lifeline of the country’s economy. Apart from the Chittagong-Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong-Hathazari highways, there is also a strike situation on the regional highways. The movement of vehicles carrying import and export goods towards Chittagong port, the main sea port of the country, has come to a standstill. Unloading of goods and containers within the port continues. However, transport delivery is being disrupted. There is a risk of product and container jamming at the port. Chaktai, one of the commercial areas of the country, Khatunganj is now stagnant. The life of the city is being disrupted. The leaders and activists of BNP and their affiliated organizations took out jhtica procession in support of the blockade. Jamaat workers also picketed in different areas. Police are on alert in the city. To prevent the blockade, police raids are underway at the houses of the opposition party leaders and workers. Many leaders and workers are running away to avoid arrest. BGB is patrolling at various points of the highway. CNG-powered auto-rickshaws, rickshaws and few public transport plyed in Chittagong city in the morning. The streets were emptier than other days. Private cars were not seen much. No long-distance vehicles were plying.
Passengers from different districts are stuck in Alankar and Colonelhat area of the city. Many leave for the destination in small vehicles. No long distance bus left from Chittagong city. Apart from this, the number of buses going to the upazila was less than other days. City’s Dampara, GEC, Gate Number Two, Alankar, Colonelhat, Muradpur, Sholshahar, Shulakbahar, Bahaddarhat, One Kilometer, Chandgaon, Rahattarpul, Chawkbazar, Kalamiya Bazar, Chaktai, Rajakhali, Shah Amanat Setu Junction and various areas around rickshaws, CNG-powered autoshariks and Three wheeler is moving. However, private cars were not seen. Almost all counters of Cox’s Bazar-Teknaf bound buses are closed in Karnaphuli Shah Amanat Setu area. Bus counters in Alankara and Cornellhat areas of the city are also closed. No bus left from BRTC, Bayezid, Kadmatli, Shubopur bus terminal.