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24 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Transporters claim extortion at Ctg weighing scale

Staff Reporter, Ctg

Transport owners have threatened to go for an indefinite strike against alleged harassment and extortion at a goods-weighing scale at Borodarogar Haat at Sitakunda in Chittagong.

The threat call was given by three associations of owners—Inter-district Goods Transportation Samity, Covered Van Owners’ Samity and Chattogram Transport Owners’ Samity—during a media briefing at the Chittagong Press Club yesterday. Nurul Absar, convener of the joint owners’ associations, said: “The scale was set up here to harass the people of Chittagong and to destroy the port. Owing to the scale, there are huge traffic congestions on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway every day.”

He said the traffic congestion adversely affected the unloading of goods at the port and their vehicles had to wait on the road for hours.

Claiming that robberies were on the rise in the area, Nurul Absar demanded the setting up of an Army-controlled weighing scale at Borodarogar Haat. He alleged that around Tk. 5 lakh was being collected as extortion every day from goods-laden vehicles on the highway and part of the money was pocketed by some unscrupulous police officers and leaders.

Member secretary of the joint owners’ associations, Deen Mohammad, alleged discrepancy at the weighing scale. “The weighing scale at Borodarogar Haat harassed several vehicles by claiming that they were carrying goods that weighed over 22 tonnes. However, these same vehicles were found to be carrying much less goods at the Daudkandi scale,” he said.

 

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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