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20 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Workers vandalise weighing scale office

Dhaka-Ctg Highway blocked for over 2 hours
STAFF REPORTER, Ctg

Transport workers yesterday vandalized the Weighing Scale Office and blocked the Dhaka-Chattogram Highway for two hours in protest against the assault a truck driver by the weighing scale staff. The transport leaders alleged that the Weighing Scale staff were harassing truck drivers for a long time. They (weighing staff) were also allegedly tempering the original weight being carried by trucks to extract bribes. Saturday’s incident was said to be an outburst of a long-standing disgruntlement against the Weighing Scale Office.

“At around 10am, a truck driver crossed the area without following the weighing scale, resulting in an altercation. At one stage, the weigh scale staff assaulted the truck driver. Angered by the assault, other truck drivers vandalized the weigh scale office and blocked the Dhaka-Chattogram highway at Boro Darogar Hat point with trucks for over two hours from 10:30am to 12:45pm. The hold-up caused a tailback of about 20 km from Baryearhat of Mirsarai upazila to Sitakunda,” said Masud Alam, inspector and in-charge of Kumira Highway Police.

He added that the blockade was lifted around 12.45pm after talks with transport leaders and the promise of justice to the truck drivers.

Chowdhury Zafar Ahmed, general secretary of the Inter-district Goods Transportation Somity, said they were being harassed at weighing scales for a long time. “Owing to a long-term discontent among the drivers the incident of vandalism took place.”

“If we send a truck carrying goods weighing 22 tonnes, it is shown as 23 tonnes at the weigh scale. For one tone, they impose a fine of Tk 5,000, despite actual weight being 22 tonnes,” added Ahmed, while Abu Bakar Siddique, executive president of Prime Movers Owners’ Association, said the same thing.

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