Sirajganj: On the second day of the third phase of the blockade called by like-minded parties including BNP for one-point demand, the traffic is gradually increasing on all routes including the Bangabandhu Setu West Highway in Sirajganj.
Along with local public transport, long distance transport has started running.
However, strict security of police and BGB has been noticed along this highway. About 14 thousand vehicles crossed the Bangabandhu Bridge in 24 hours.
On Thursday (November 9) from morning to noon, some areas including Nalka intersection of Bangabandhu Setu West Highway, Mulibari, Kodda, Sahebganj, Ghurka of Hatikumrul Bogra highway can be seen – trucks, pickup vans, covered vans and other goods are being transported ignoring the blockade. Long distance vehicles are also seen plying from Hatikumrul Roundabout and Koddar Junction. Local buses are also plying.
Meanwhile, in the morning, the besiegers vandalized trucks and set them on fire in Jhail over bridge area. Immediately the police went to the spot and extinguished the fire.
Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Bangabandhu Setu West Police Station Abdul Quader Jilani said that although the traffic is less than normal, the traffic is gradually increasing. If normal, 14/15 thousand vehicles ply on this route in 24 hours. Now 5 to 6 thousand cars are running. Police are on high alert across the highway.
He also said that in the morning the besiegers stoned a truck carrying chicken feed. Later set fire and fled. Immediately the police reached the spot and extinguished the fire.
Ahsanul Kabir Pavel, executive engineer of Bangabandhu Bridge Authority, said that on Wednesday (November 8), a total of 13 thousand 871 vehicles moved in 24 hours. Out of this, 7426 vehicles crossed at the east toll plaza and 6445 at the west toll plaza of the bridge.
Bangladesh Time: 1536 hours, November 09, 2023
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