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Protesting battery run rickshaw drivers set fire to police box at Kalshi

Published : Monday, 20 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 404

Protesting battery run rickshaw drivers set fire to police box at Kalshi

Protesting battery run rickshaw drivers set fire to police box at Kalshi

A group of drivers of battery-run auto-rickshaw set fire to a traffic police box at Kalshi Intersection near Mirpur in the capital on Sunday in protest against banning their vehicles from city streets.

The agitating drivers set the police box ablaze at around 4:30 pm, said Pallabi Police Station inspector (Investigation) Mokhlesur Rahman.

"After the violent auto-rickshaw drivers set fire to the police box,  two fire tenders tried to go to the spot to douse the blaze but were blocked by the protesting rickshaw pullers, said Saiful Islam, warehouse inspector of Pallabi Fire Station.

Earlier, clashes broke out between battery-run rickshaw drivers and the police who teamed up with the local ruling party members to clear Mirpur-10 intersection.

A section of protestors being dispersed went toward the Kalshi area and started demonstrating, setting fire to tyres on the road. At one stage they set fire to the police box, said police and witnesses.

Witnesses said commuters suffered as the drivers of battery-run rickshaws and easy bikes have been protesting against the ongoing crackdown on their vehicles by blocking roads in  Mirpur since the morning.

Earlier, the drivers blocked the roads, as a result, traffic movement was halted. At that time, they vandalised some vehicles.

The drivers and the police chase and counter-chased each other.






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