All types of bus services were stopped in Mymensingh for 9 hours due to the stabbing of a youth and the beating of two bus drivers.
All regional roads of Mymensingh and the Dhaka-Mymensingh highway were closed from 6 am to 3 pm on Sunday, said Sanwar Hossain Chanu, General Secretary of the District Motor Vehicle Workers Union.
Last Saturday around 8:30 pm, there was an argument between a passenger of a microbus and a truck driver over giving sides on the road in China Mor area of the city. Due to this, some youths got down from the microbus and abused and beat the truck driver.
When the local transport workers and businessmen intervened, the miscreants stabbed the people present. Three people were injured. Locals rescued them and took them to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital, where doctors declared Abdur Razzaq Rakib, a young man from Kalibari area of the city, dead.
The injured are Sadek Ali (32) son of Zayed Uddin of the same area and Shahid Mia (40) son of late Akhtar Ali of Ward No. 33 Char Jhaugara area. Both the injured are bus drivers by profession.
After the incident, additional police were deployed to control the situation as tension broke out in the area.
On Saturday night, Hasi Begum, the mother of the deceased Rakib, filed a case at the Kotwali Model Police Station, stating that the police station’s OC Shah Kamal Akand said that an operation is underway to arrest the accused.
In protest on Sunday, the District Motor Vehicle Workers’ Union stopped bus traffic on the road along with a human chain in Shambuganj area near the incident site.
Sanwar Hossain Chanu, general secretary of the organization, said, “We have stopped the bus service on Saturday night after a young man named Abdur Razzaq Rakib was killed and bus driver Sadek Ali and Shahid Mia were injured.”
In this regard, Assistant Manager of Ena Paribahan of Maskanda Bus Terminal in the city, Alam Mia said, “No bus has left the terminal since morning on the orders of the district labor union. However, buses leaving from Dhaka are entering the terminal.”
OC Shah Kamal Akand said that the bus movement has been normalized after discussing with the leaders of the district labor union.