35 hurt as cops,auto-rickshaw workers clash in Habiganj | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, April 28, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 28, 2018

35 hurt as cops,auto-rickshaw workers clash in Habiganj

At least 35 people including 15 policemen were injured during a clash between auto-rickshaw workers and police at Nasratpur in Sayestaganj upazila of Habiganj yesterday.

According to locals, on Thursday, police barred auto-rickshaw drivers from plying their vehicles on Dhaka-Sylhet highway as there is a government ban on three-wheelers and slow-moving vehicles on highways.

In protest, the workers took to the street around 10:00am, blocking the highway. As police tried to foil the demonstration, a clash broke out between the two.

On Thursday, police seized five auto-rickshaws while plying the highway. Auto-rickshaw owners and workers yesterday blocked the highway in protest. “When we tried to disperse them, they swooped on us,” said Md Jasimuddin, officer-in-charge of Shayestaganj Highway Police Station.

“They threw brickbats at us, and burned tyres,” he added. At least 15 cops were injured. “We brought the situation under control around 12:30pm,” he said.

According to witnesses, police also charged baton on the workers. Around 20 workers were injured.

The injured police personnel are being treated at local hospitals, said Delwar Hosain, sub-inspector of Sayestaganj Police Station.

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