19 May 2024, 20:46

Auto-rickshaw drivers clash with police, torch police box at Kalshi

DHAKA, May 19, 2024 (BSS)  - The battery-run rickshaw drivers, who took out to the street protesting the recent ban on plying their vehicles on city street, today set fire to Kalshi police box following a clash with police in Mirpur-10 area, intensifying the commuters’ sufferings.
Police and witnessed told BSS that in protest against the suspension of auto-rickshaw plying on the city streets, the agitating drivers set fire to the police box at the Kalshi intersection around 4:15pm.
“They (agitators) blocked the Kalshi flyover from the Kalshi end by torching tyres on the road. . . They launched arson attack on the Kalshi police box this evening,” Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Pallabi police station Apurba Hasan confirmed this.
On information, two fire engines tried to go to the spot to douse the blaze but were blocked by the protesting rickshaw drivers, said a spokesman of the Pallabi Fire Station.
The police, however, said the situation was brought under full control after a few hours. 
Security measures were tightened at Mirpur area to avert any further untoward incident. 
Earlier, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader directed the authorities concerned to take steps to stop battery-run rickshaws from operating in the capital to get safer and more efficient.

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