The transport workers were harassing a driver at Gazipur area on the first day of the 48-hour strike: Photo/Lutfor Rahman
A 7-day-old ill-fated girl died on the road as its ambulance was halted by agitating transport workers in Moulvibazar twice yesterday.
The victim, daughter of Kuton Miah of Ajmir village under Sadar union of Barlekha upazila, died on the way as she could not be taken to hospital in time due to the countrywide transport strike, called by transport workers over their eight-point demand.
Kuton Miah said: “My baby girl was taken to Upazila Health Complex in the morning (yesterday) as she had not been taking anything else since Saturday night.”
“But doctors at the hospital referred her to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College and Hospital (SOMCH) for better treatment and we started for Sylhet by an ambulance the day morning,” he further said.
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“Transport workers intercepted the ambulance twice- first at Dasherbazar in the upazila for half an hour and second at Chandgram in Beanibazar upazila,” the grieved father told newsmen.
He also alleged that the driver was also beaten during the halts.
The family sources also said they rushed the baby to nearby Beanibazar Upazila Health Complex as its condition was getting worsened and the duty doctors at the complex declared her dead around 2pm on the day.
Workers began the 48-hour strike yesterday to force the government to bring amendments to the recently passed Road Transport Act-2018.
The transport strike across the country has been started at 6am on Sunday and will continue till 6am on Tuesday (tomorrow).
On October 12, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan-led Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation has declared to go on a two-day work abstention from October 28 to press home their eight-point demand, including amendments to the Road Transport Act.
The eight-point demands include-- stopping police harassment while plying vehicles on roads, reducing the minimum education level required for driving licence to class five from eight, making all offences under the Road Transport Act bailable, cancellation of the provision under which a worker can be fined Tk 5 lakh for involvement in a road accident.